Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Despite Its Flaws, These Brazilian Youth Are Loving The Excitement Of The World Cup

Maria Luiza Lago / youthjournalism.org
The outside of the rebuilt stadium in Curitiba where some of the World Cup games are being played.
By Maria Luiza Lago
Junior Reporter
CURITIBA, Brazil – While they’re excited about World Cup matches being played in their home city, several teenagers also pointed out the downside of hosting a global event.

Spending money on keeping World Cup fans happy doesn’t do much for Brazilians, said 18-year-old Gabriela Callegari, an automation control engineering student at Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná.
Callegari said the money Brazil invested in the World Cup could have gone instead to schools and hospitals.
Murilo Prestes, A 17-year-old journalism student at Universidade Positivo, pointed out the extra security during the World Cup.
While walking on the street, Prestes said, he saw nearly three police officers on each block – something that doesn’t regularly happen.
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Bruno Braghini, 18, studies international relations.
When the World Cup is not in town, people don’t see that kind of police presence, according to Prestes. It’s great that the government prepared the country for the event, he said, but leaders were thinking of the tourists, not the Brazilian people.
And Brazil isn’t completely prepared for the World Cup, Prestes said.
The improvements that were made for the event will stay,” said Prestes, but Brazil “paid a high price for that.”
Bruno Braghini, 18 is an international relations student at UniCuritiba. He said if he could go back in time, he wouldn’t have supported Brazil to host the World Cup. He expected to see more tourists in Curitiba and wanted to practice his English, French and Spanish skills.
Maria Luiza Lago / youthjournalism.org
Gabriela Callegari wasn't completely
in favor of Brazil hosting the World
Cup, but she's enjoying it anyway.
Still, experiencing the World Cup is amazing, Braghini said, adding that while it could have been better planned, he doesn’t know when it will happen again in Brazil.
The Brazilian government could invest money in much more useful things, said Braghini, but since it was invested in the World Cup, there’s nothing the people can do but enjoy the event.
“The World Cup is a moment of happiness, to gather friends, watch the games, cheer and appreciate good food,” Braghini said, and only happens once every four years. “It’s a pleasant and special experience.”
Callegari said she’s also very much enjoying the World Cup.
The mood of the World Cup is good, everybody gathers to watch the games,” Callegari said. “I’m not totally in favor of the event, but I’m liking it.”
Maria Luiza Lago / 
Ana Luiza Lanchner
Even as the games continue throughout Brazil, including one between Algeria and Russia on Thursday at Curitiba’s Arena Da Baixada stadium, some protests – including vandalism – is going on in the cities of Rio and São Paulo.
Seventeen-year-old Eduardo Kimura, a law student at Universidade Positivo, said the appropriate time for protesting the games was when Brazil was selected as the host country.
“Now there’s nothing we can do about it,” said Kimura. Besides, he is also enjoying the event.
“I like the World Cup, because I can gather my friends and spend some time with my family, watching the games,” said Kimura.
Ana Luiza Lanchner, who is a 17-year-old student at Saint James International School, agreed that the time for protesting is over.
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Eduardo Kimura, 17, said there is no point in Brazilians
protesting now that the World Cup is underway.
“The misuse of funds always happened in Brazil and it was already foreseen for the World Cup. The protests are happening in the wrong time, because the event is already causing a huge fanfare,” said Lanchner. “Although there’s a negative image of Brazil for this reason, there’s an opportunity of tourism.”
Prestes, the journalism student, sees value, too, in showing Brazil to the world.
“I think the event is very important, to show the reality that many foreigners don’t know,” Prestes said, "a very underdeveloped country, that still needs to improve.”
Photo provided
Murilio Prestes, 17, is a 
journalism student at the
Universade Positivo.
Through hosting the World Cup, Prestes said, Brazil will interact with the whole world, which will improve the national economy and tourism.
Brazilians like the mood of the World Cup, said Prestes.
As for protesting, Prestes said it was right to protest before, but that there is nothing wrong with the protests that are continuing.
It’s a citizen’s right to protest for a cause, Prestes said, adding that people need to be heard.
“Brazilian politicians don’t listen to us, so nothing changes,” said Prestes. “The moment to protest is now, because the eyes of the world are looking at us.”

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