Football World Cup reveals hidden poverty

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.

public viewing WMThey have no protection at all even against the fiercest storms. The issue of poverty turns into a health issue. Many of them will perish after contracting a cold.

Jogi Löw RegenLack of a TV set may be dismissed as a luxury problem, as whining on a high level. But some are hit harder: they don’t even a house which they could build around their TV set.

The city of Berlin alone currently houses thousands of homeless people in emergency shelters in football stadiums.

sofa-WM2014(Zur deutschsprachigen Fassung.)

About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a writer, a spy or a hobo.
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3 Responses to Football World Cup reveals hidden poverty

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  2. deeess says:

    Another issue surrounding the World Cup is the money made from broadcast rights. Most broadcasters showing the tournament on television are on pay-per-view channels (cable and satellite). Across the world, I think that many of those supporters who do have tvs, are not able to watch matches live, due to broadcast rights that cost so much that only the pay-per-view stations can afford to air them.
    I am currently in Thailand and have been here for some time. One spin-off of the recent coup d’etat was that the military council issued instructions that ALL matches were to be broadcast on free-to-air tv channels. Mention was made that one of the reasons for the coup, was that corruption was so rife. It was felt that broadcasting on pay-to-view channels would only benefit the elite that got rich as a result of corruption. Whilst it may be naive to think this was done purely to establish unity amongst the Thai peoples, it surely must garner support for the actions of the military council.
    It would be interesting to see how much of income generated for Brazil as hosts, will actually go back into the economy ‘for the people’, and how much will eventually end up in private accounts.
    I think the same holds for ALL major sporting tournaments and events, past, present and future.

    • One of the coup plotters must have remembered “panem et circenses”. Although with that argument, they might as well restore the elected government once the World Cup will be over. ;-)

      I think you are spot on with your criticism. The stadiums and roads etc. are built with taxpayer money, won’t be much used afterwards, and the profits are siphoned off by those with TV and merchandising rights.

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