World Cup Watch: Controversy and Subways

With the World Cup under a month away, excitement is ramping up from football (soccer) fans across the planet. It’s the greatest sporting contest on earth, where country vs. country goes head-to-head.

How is Brazil going to handle the beautiful game? In Sao Paulo there’s a bus strike (not good)— it makes you wonder how the city will accommodate  the huge influx of World Cup attendees. Here’s what the Sao Paulo subway looks like just a few weeks before the World Cup. Help!

For every World Cup, there’s always a few bad eggs. Brazilian police have put together security guidelines for visitors traveling to the event, including much needed advice to tourists not to scream if robbed:

“Don’t fight, scream or argue,” advises a brochure filled with World Cup safety tips compiled by the São Paulo police that will be published in four different languages, Brazilian newspaper Estadao de Sao Paulo first reported.

According to São Paulo-based writer, Kevin Raub: “People have been killed over a backpack and others have been killed simply out of frustration when the thieves couldn’t get what they wanted. It’s best not to antagonize them whatsoever.”

With every World Cup, there comes controversy—be it Maradona’s Hand of God score, or a Zidane headbutt.

Brazilian artist Paulo Ito’s World Cup mural goes viral:

After spending $11 billion on World Cup preparations, tensions are understandably high to make the event a major success. And Brazilian artist Paulo Ito has succinctly summarised the discontent in a mural at a schoolhouse.


“Two years ago I painted in an abandoned building and I was thinking to paint something about poverty, but when I went inside I changed my mind,” Ito said. “They already live what I was supposed to paint.” Instead, Ito said he painted what the people asked him for: football team symbols, and SpongeBob SquarePants.


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