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The Economist | Football in Brazil: Into extra time

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Football in Brazil
Into extra time
A fraught run-up to the dress rehearsal for next year’s World Cup

BRASÍLIA

BRAZIL has built some of the world’s “best and most modern stadiums” for next year’s football World Cup, boasted the president, Dilma Rousseff, in her weekly radio broadcast on May 27th. That is true. But at almost the same moment a section of the roof of one of them, in Salvador in the north-east, collapsed because of heavy rains. The mishap was minor compared with the scale of the construction works: seven stadiums are being built from scratch and five more being refurbished. But it illustrated how a late start and slipping deadlines have turned the country’s preparations for the tournament into a fraught, costly race against the clock.

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