Poverty in Brazil won’t strike anyone as a surprise, but nobody will care as long as there is a Football World Cup going on. Also, this poverty is kind of compensated by the 2022 World Cup which will be held in Qatar, where there is no poverty at all – at least on statistical average.
The huge surprise however is that the World Cup 2014 also lifts the veil that usually covers up poverty in Germany. Since the time of the “economic miracle”, the Federal Republic of Germany has been advertising itself as this constant machine of growth, in which everyone participates equally. This World Cup finally sheds light on the horrible truth.
Millions of Germans still cannot afford their own TV set. For each match, they have to get together in public squares, where some generous patron of the arts has provided a TV set for the impoverished masses.
The city of Berlin alone currently houses thousands of homeless people in emergency shelters in football stadiums.