Clearly, Brazil dominates at playing soccer. But building stuff? Not so much. Some of the country's biggest stadiums don't even have seats installed yet, as the Wall Street Journal points out, and cranes and construction workers toil feverishly to complete venues along with roads, communications systems, and basic infrastructures. And as USA Today notes, the general pessimism in Brazil has spurred an ironic hashtag, "#ImaginaNaCopa, or, 'Imagine during the World Cup'", to point out how Brazilian officials are selling a dream more than a reality.
Additionally, Brazil still has an ink-black dark side, too, and the World Cup development only shines a greater spotlight on the rampant corruption, inequality, and crime that plague the nation.