I realize we will always find fault with such huge events as the World Cup. Some are real and some are imagined. However, I have to believe the grand Manaus Stadium has a tiny odor of corruption about it. This is a huge stadium built at the cost of millions ($229 million I believe) yet it will only host approximately four of the World Cup games. Once the World Cup is over there is no local top flight team to play in Manaus. There is no obvious future use for this grand stadium. That is just one reason, how about the fact Manaus is not assessable by road. The only way in or out is by air or the river. That was partly why the stadium cost so much to build, everything had to be shipped in by boats or air. There have been numerous complaints about the poor condition of the pitch. Equally playing in such a humid climate does not bring out the best in footballers either. Manaus is located in the middle of a jungle. Its good the government have attempted to spread the games evenly across the country, but was the huge costs necessary in the face of so much wide spread poverty. The people of Brazil love the sport of football, probably more than any other nation on Earth. Yet the big question remains, how many members of this poverty stricken population can afford to attend a match??? For me, I suspect a slight odor of corruption.
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