Hotels not built, airports not expanded:
The games were meant to showcase Brazil’s arrival on the world stage as a modern powerhouse after a decade of expansion that established a strong middle class. Instead, Brazil has come under criticism from FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, for delays in readying its stadiums, and the country is struggling to provide enough hotel beds.
As you can see from the list, the venues are thousands of miles apart; Manaus is 2,700+ miles from Rio.
An estimated 600,000 World Cup fans, twelve cities, a cumbersome bureaucracy, a slow-moving judiciary and a lack of imaginative planning. What a mess.