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Protests overshadow Fifa World Cup

Brazil plays host to the 2014 Copa do Mundo. But the country's otherwise passionate football fans have been demonstrating for months against expensive stadiums, mismanagement and corruption. Will the World Cup sink into chaos or appease the masses?

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, 10. July 2014

Brazil overestimated itself

The Brazilian football team's 7-1 defeat in the World Cup semifinal against Germany was not just a sports disaster but could also have political consequences, the Tages-Anzeiger writes: » more

Tportal - Croatia | Wednesday, 9. July 2014

Epic defeat leaves deep wounds

Brazil's defeat against Germany has left deep wounds in the psyche of the South American country, web portal concludes and compares this with the Seleção's last major setback: » more - Greece | Wednesday, 25. June 2014

The Greek spirit doesn't play football

Greece won 2-1 against Ivory Coast thanks to a last-minute penalty kick on Tuesday, narrowly securing a place among the final sixteen teams in the Fifa World Cup. The leftist web portal criticises the nationalist voices being raised in Greece following this victory: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Monday, 23. June 2014

Passion wins over tactics at Brazilian World Cup

After the 2-2 against Ghana on Saturday the conservative daily Die Welt calls for a lighter approach from the German team in the Brazil World Cup: » more

Večernji list - Croatia | Friday, 20. June 2014

Utopias come true during the World Cup

During a World Cup football is not just the most wonderful but also the most important thing in the world, the conservative daily Vecernji List argues, seeing the potential for the event to change society a little: » more

Le Figaro - France | Thursday, 19. June 2014

Football sedates the world

The hype surrounding the Fifa World Cup is opium for the people, writes French philosopher and former education minister Luc Ferry in the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 19. June 2014

Spain fails with old warriors

After winning three international football titles in a row World Cup champion Spain dropped out of the 2014 Fifa World Cup on Wednesday after losing 0-2 against Chile. You can't afford to rest on your laurels, the liberal daily La Stampa taunts: » more

Estadão - Brazil | Wednesday, 18. June 2014

Global perspectives: Protests starting to hurt Brazil

After a brief pause in the protests, demonstrators have taken to the streets again in several Brazilian cities. While the movement initially had a noble cause, now a few people are trampling on the rights of many, the national Brazilian daily Estadão de São Paulo writes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Authorities forget democracy over World Cup

The Brazilian security forces' harsh reaction to protests against the World Cup point to a major democratic deficit in the country, human rights activists Lucia Nader and João Paulo Charleaux write in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 12. June 2014

Kick-off in Brazil

The World Cup starts with the match between Brazil and Croatia in São Paulo today, Thursday. Commentators focus above all on host Brazil and the ... » more

La Stampa - Italy | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Brazil needs double victory

The liberal daily La Stampa explains how much is at stake for World Cup host Brazil in the coming four weeks: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Humanity's lowest common denominator

The game with the leather ball leaves no one indifferent, the conservative daily Lidové noviny writes in anticipation of the World Cup which starts today: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Hopes that the protests will continue

The Brazilians should not abandon their protests now that the World Cup is getting under way, writes jérôme Latta, editor in chief of the magazine Les Cahiers du Football, in his blog with the daily Le Monde: » more

Kurier - Austria | Thursday, 12. June 2014

Football fans right to delight in World Cup

Despite all the scandals and adversity sports fans have every right to be excited when the Fifa World Cup gets under way today in Brazil, the daily Kurier believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Let continents host World Cup

To ensure that the costs are distributed among several parties the World Cup should be held in the metropolises of different states rather than in a single country in future, the left-liberal daily The Guardian proposes: » more

Deutschlandfunk - Germany | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Blatter must be sidelined

The public outrage directed at Fifa this month is justified, the public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk writes, calling on the organisation's president Sepp Blatter to refrain from running for another term in office: » more

De Volkskrant - Netherlands | Wednesday, 11. June 2014

Brazil has grown up

Shortly before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil the country is experiencing protests and demonstrations on an almost daily basis. Fifa should take the anti-World Cup mood in Brazil seriously, the left-liberal daily De Volkskrant comments: » more

Público - Portugal | Tuesday, 10. June 2014

World Cup will showcase popular rebellion

São Paulo was once again the scene of clashes between demonstrators and police shortly before the World Cup is due to kick off on Thursday. In a country with such glaring inequality and social injustice it's by no means sure that the World Cup will go off smoothly, social researcher Elísio Estanque writes in the liberal daily Público: » more

Wiener Zeitung - Austria | Tuesday, 3. June 2014

Growing inequality fuels WM protests

Shortly before the World Cup begins, thousands of Brazilians have staged protests in recent days. It is mainly the growing inequalities that are driving the people onto the streets, the state-run liberal daily Wiener Zeitung comments: » more


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