Dan Treadway
Friday May 16th, 2014

With the World Cup now only weeks away, ESPN has released another commercial for the event set to kickoff on June 12, and it's pretty spectacular. Of course, making a World Cup in Brazil look appealing isn't that tough of a sell.

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Of course missing from the 60 second spot are the myriad of issues that that country is facing with the event on the horizon. The AP has reported that there are three stadium still under construction for the event, and organizers will not finish all the necessary infrastructure construction required to make transportation run smoothly.

Dave Zirin of The Nation has also noted that there are currently 10,000 protestors in São Paolo occupying a space right next to the site where the first match of the World Cup is slated to kick off. The protestors have adopted the ominous slogan "There Will Be No World Cup."

And according to the Miami Herald, there are mounting safety concerns in some World Cup locations, particularly Rio de Janeiro, "where a wave of crime prompted state police to put an extra 2,000 police on the streets Monday, far sooner than they had expected to be deployed for World Cup duty."

While the flashy images in the commercial above are certainly alluring, it seems that they might clash with the reality that things could go sour very quickly in Brazil if certain issues aren't addressed.


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