Anthony Pereira

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Protest at the World Cup. Demonstrators push over a police car.

As football's top event kicks off in Brazil, Anthony Pereira dispels some of the myths surrounding the 2014 World Cup's host country -- and its approach to the game it is showcasing.

MYTH: Many Brazilians are in the mood to party

REALITY: Many thought that the awarding of the finals -- and the 2016 Olympics in Rio -- would be a "coming out" party for Brazil, confirming its new status as a global player. But that is not the atmosphere which seems to be taking hold. For the last year there have been protests over the spiraling costs of the tournament (around $11.5 billion) and government priorities.…  Seguir leyendo »