Brazil hosted a month-long festival of great soccer, and global TV ratings went through the roof. Now it has to cope with the aftermath. The 7-to-1 loss to Germany has shaken the self-confidence of the “great futbol nation,” and could threaten President Rousseff’s chances for re-election. Public resources will be required to host the Summer Olympics in just two years. Will that re-kindle last year’s massive protests against wasteful spending? We’ll look at the impact on Brazil—and on FIFA, soccer’s governing body, where reports of corruption and bribery are not going away.
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Banner Image: Germany and Argentina face off in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; Credit: Danilo Borges