The World Cup starts today, with host Brazil facing off against Croatia at 4 pm Eastern in the brand new Arena Corinthians in São Paulo. And how’s it going with the behind-schedule stadium? Great, if by “great” you mean “all the scaffolding is now covered by brightly-colored tarps”:
— Kety Shapazian (@KetyBrazil) June 11, 2014
Meanwhile, Brazil’s stadium built in isolated Manaus in the middle of the Amazon rainforest is a sandy mess two days before it’s set to open with Italy vs. England, widespread protests continue against the estimated $14 billion the government is spending on hosting the World Cup, and John Oliver’s video on how horrifically corrupt FIFA is has three million hits on YouTube. I can’t wait to see how the World Cup announcers deal with all this on today’s broadcast — my guess is they’ll mumble something really fast and hope that it’s drowned out by caxirolas.