Brazil Faces More Criticism

Football legend Pele predicts a “fantastic” World Cup for Brazil. (Getty Images)

Sports Illustrated writer Stanley Kay reports on FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke’s assessment of Brazil as the country gears up to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup. “In Brazil there are certain politicians who are against the World Cup, and the fact is that we’ve been through hell,” Valcke said.

Bloomberg writers Tariq Panja and Juan Pablo Spinetto say Brazil World Cup collectors are “angry at the inclusion of sponsors” in their fan merchandise this year.

Football legend Pele tells CNN he expects Brazilians will put their “problems behind them and stage a fantastic World Cup.”

South American football writer Tim Vickery affirms that Brazil’s defensive brilliance is “key for a nation that demands winners.”

When Dani Alves peeled and ate a banana thrown by a supporter during the Spanish league game between Villarreal and Barcelona, Sports Illustrated’s James Young says the question of racism in Brazilian football was put “under the microscope.” Young adds that racism in Brazilian soccer is “nothing new.”

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The Guardian’s Jon Magidsohn discusses Ashley Westwood’s journey from “Manchester United trainee to champion of India.”

Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett 

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