Brazilians were promised winning the bid for the World Cup and Olympics wouldn't be at the financial detriment to the country. In fact, they were told the usual spiel about how it would actually benefit the country with the income both events would generate. But things haven't quite worked out as planned.
The headlines during the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup were dominated by the number of absent high profile stars, those failing to recover from injury in-time to compete in what many consider to be the pinnacle of their playing career.
The World Cup in Brazil was undoubtedly the best of its kind in recent memory... Despite the dazzling spectacle, you may be shocked to find out that a number of world-class players did not even make it to this summer's tournament. Here is a starting XI made up out of the best players that did not play at Brazil 2014.
It speaks volumes about Lionel Messi's talents that the World Cup he has just enjoyed could still be considered such a catastrophic failure in so many quarters... Fans cried out that there were plenty of others more deserving of the gong... but Messi has to contend with the expectations his performances over the years have built up.
Brazil 2014 started with a bang and a flurry of group game goals, though the tournament somewhat petered out in the knockout stages as nerves and disjointed football took hold... here is a list of three other sides who failed to impress in Brazil, but should be a lot stronger during the next World Cup in Russia.
While only Müller features in WhoScored's highest rated XI of the tournament, that says more about the quality of Joachim Löw's side as a collective rather than relying on individual displays to guide them to glory.
Brazil's tournament has been heralded as the most social competition ever, a haven for brands and sports agencies looking to score big with their marketing... Of all those rivalries, one has been discussed more than any other - Adidas versus Nike.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has been thrilling right from the first whistle ... Here are the top four countries whose reputation and status on the international stage has experienced a drastic improvement.
The main problem holding England back at international level may well be a slight lack in overall technical quality, but it does not have to be the reason that England continue to fail so miserably... an extra effort and more drive should see them able to bridge the gap to the very top of world football.
Tired of hearing the praise heaped upon Robin van Persie for that header against Spain? Fed up with analysis about how Manuel Neuer has perfected the art of the 'sweeper-keeper', or the inspired performances of Javier Mascherano in the 2014 World Cup? Here we assess the failures, disappointments, and downright dunces of football's showpiece in Brazil.
Even before the final figures have been confirmed, it is already clear that the 2014 World Cup played in Brazil was a success... Despite Brazil missing out on the title, the success of the competition has been sufficient for FIFA to consider bringing another World Cup to South America.
"Africa is not a country, but African football certainly is." ... African football still has its problems, but there's no problem that can be solved overnight and recent history... Maybe one day there'll come a time where TV commentators can go a full 90 minutes without patronising an African side.
The Spanish giants announced his signing, subject to medical, yesterday, at a cost of around £75million. A move to Spain is one which Suarez has long hankered after, so maybe his action was less career suicide, more cunning strategy.
So we are now into the World Cup finals..... I won't say anything about the quarter-finals, and even less about the semi-finals! There is nothing of interest that I can add to the staggering 35.7 million tweets offered up about the Brazil match!
The XI that faced the Germans on Tuesday, even before the mauling, on paper, looked like one of the worst Brazil sides in history. Germany, meanwhile, not only have world-class players but a world-class team... Müller's scored crucial goals for club and country but isn't really one to take the glory.
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