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World Cup win for Brazil's Rousseff

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 01:31

Polls show the World Cup has boosted the popularity of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. But as a bridge collapse revisits concerns over infrastructure, the tournament's impact may depend on how far the Brazilian team progress. Ivor Bennett reports

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It's become a familiar slogan. 'FIFA go home' the words of protesters gathered after a bridge collapsed in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte. The accident has left at least one person dead, and once again cast a shadow over a tournament plagued by similar incidents. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FERNANDA PAIVA, 22-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, SAYING: "We are questioning for who is the World Cup because it's not for the Brazilian people. We want education, we want the hospitals, we want quality of life - we don't want that, what happened today." Along with FIFA, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has been the focus of much of the anger. Seeking re-election in October was seen as a difficult task. But despite the infrastructure mishaps, the World Cup has given her a boost. A poll shows her support rising 4 points this month to 38 percent. With over 3 billion people watching the World Cup, Brazil is sure to benefit ports business professor Pedro Trengrouse says the World Cup is a unique opportunity. SOUNDBITE (English) PEDRO TRENGROUSE, PROFESSOR OF SPORTS MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS, FUNDACAO GETULIO VARGAS, SAYING: "Brazil is now all over the world. More than 211 countries, more than 3.2 billion people watching. So I think this exposure is the best thing the World Cup brings to Brazil." As the national team squares up for the next vital round, the impact of the World Cup could ultimately depend on them. But with the weight of a nation on their shoulders, victory won't be easy. And there are no second chances.

World Cup win for Brazil's Rousseff

Friday, Jul 04, 2014 - 01:31

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