Press conference after his World Cup Goal - Brazil 2014!

In 2022, Qatar will host the World Cup. The host city has already made some waves with its stadium shaped like a certain body part. But what you might not know is that, since 2012, about 900 workers have died while working on infrastructure in Qatar, in a building boom anticipating the World Cup.*

Last month, the Guardian reported that over 400 Nepalese migrant workers had already died at building sites. Between 2010 and 2012 more than 700 workers from India lost their lives working on construction sites in Qatar, too. A report by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) says that if conditions don’t get any better, by the time the World Cup kicks off, at least 4,000 migrant workers will have died on the job.

For comparison, 25 construction workers died during the preparations for Sochi. Only six workers have died during construction for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil that starts this summer. Only eleven men died during the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s. By all measures, the death count in Qatar is extreme. …


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Love Him or Hate Him, Just Love Him

By Daniel Ferreira

World Class. Brilliant. Magical. Unbelievable. These are all words that have been said one time or another by analysts, commentators, and fans around the world to describe the reigning FIFA World Player of the Year.

Arrogant. Brash. Selfish. Playboy. These words have also been said, probably by the same analysts, fans, and commentators about the man who recently opened a museum dedicated to himself.

One of the most polarizing figures in all of sports, Madeira born superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is no stranger to critics.

While he is undoubtedly a brilliant football player, his actions on and off the pitch have always been questioned by his spectators. From appearing commandingly selfish, as was even noted by the FIFA president Sepp Blatter himself, to arrogantly taking off his shirt in the Champions League final during a garbage time penalty, Ronaldo has been criticized for his prima donna appearance.

Ronaldo is not dedicated to his international duties

It can be said that Ronaldo’s performances for his country have never really matched his performances for his club, Real Madrid. While this is true at times, Portugal is no Real Madrid, with their next best player being Nani or Joao Moutihno, both players who are wildly inconsistent for their respective clubs. Not to mention, Ronaldo has also recently broken the scoring record for Portugal, surpassing former striker Pauleta with 49 goals in 113 games, an impressive feat on its own.

Portugal and Ronaldo suffered an early exit in Brazil in 2014

Although his performances may be average at best for Portugal at times, which the US is thankful for, there is no denying that he is dedicated towards playing for Portugal. During qualification, he played through a foot injury to score a hat-trick against Northern Ireland. Even now in the World Cup in Brazil, Ronaldo is battling tendinosis and a thigh injury, in order to play for his country. If this is not a sign of dedication to his country, I’m not sure what is.

He is all about the money

Son of cook and a gardener, Ronaldo was named after former US President Ronald Reagan, and used soccer as an escape from his poverty-stricken home. His brilliant talents soon landed him in one of the biggest clubs in the world, Manchester United. He eventually rose to stardom, winning Fifa World Player of the Year in 2008.

In 2009, amid rumors that Ronaldo was eyeing a move to Madrid, he became the most expensive footballer on the planet, signing an 80 million pound move to the Spanish giants, Real Madrid. Ronaldo hit galactic levels of fame, and he recently signed a sponsorship deal with Nike reportedly worth $14 million a year. Who can blame him? Why would you not make the most of your talents to earn some money? Why must Ronaldo hide his brimming confidence?

It’s not like he hasn’t put the money to good use either. Erik Ortiz Cruz, a 10 month old boy living in Spain was suffering from a brain disorder known as cortical dysplasia. When the young boy’s parents contacted Ronaldo asking for cleats and a jersey they could use to auction off in order to pay for surgery, Ronaldo gave them what they wanted and more.

He paid for the whole surgery, a mere $83,000 for Ronaldo, but for the family, it was more than a simple kind gesture. It was life saving.

Ronaldo continues to put his money to good use, as an ambassador for Save the Children, an organization aimed towards helping children in poverty.

And at the end of the day, we must realize, he is one of the greatest players of all time. He should be appreciated and savored before his career is over.

Brazil’s Most Expensive World Cup Stadium Is Now A Parking Lot

It was no secret that at least four of the 12 stadiums Brazil built or renovated to host the 2014 World Cup would turn into white elephants shortly after the tournament ended. Still, the scale of at least four of the stadiums’ obsolescence less than a year after the World Cup ended should be a staggering warning to countries that go all-in to host these events.

Dante is so over being teased about Brazil's 7-1 loss at the World Cup

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Brazil losing any match in the World Cup on home soil was bad enough, but the 7-1 rout by Germany is the loss that just won’t go away.

Just ask Brazilian defender Dante.

He’s just over it. Especially from his Bayern Munich teammates and German rival Thomas Muller.

Speaking on Brazilian TV station Globoesporte, he talked about the taunting from his Bayern teammates: “The Germans joked about it, especially just after the game, up to the moment when I said it was the time to stop. The 7-1 was something more serious than people realized.

“We can joke about anything, but not about this. Not all the Germans were like this but Thomas is the big joker. I said to him: ‘If you don’t stop, I’m going to hit you in every training session.’"

We know it hurts, Dante. But is violence really the answer?

The 31-year-old also said that he’s afraid that match will keep him from being called up to the Brazilian national team in the future.

We get the sense that when it comes to that game, the jokes will always be too soon.

(h/t The Guardian)