Brazil: Not quite ready for World Cup prime time

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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. The hotels Brazil needs for the World Cup never got built New Brazil World Cup Woe: Transport Among the worries piling up over Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup soccer tournament in June is a new one: air transportation. . . .

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