Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
The World Cup Countdown: Ronaldo's shame
by Paul Kennedy, May 30th, 2014 4:17PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL 2014] Indicative of just how bad things are in Brazil a food fight over the mismanagement of the World Cup has broken out. In the middle of it is former Brazilian great Ronaldo, who has been the public face of the local organizing committee but has emerged as a vocal critic of the tournament's organization.

"I don't think FIFA is going to want to organize another Cup here," he said at forum organized by the Brazilian daily Folha. "They're going to be traumatized."

Ronaldo said only 30 percent of the planned infrastructure projects would be finished. "I think we're missing an opportunity," he said. "A series of investments were promised that won't be delivered. Only 30 percent will be delivered."

Ronaldo's cricitism follows his endorsement of Senator Aecio Neves, who is running for president against Dilma Rousseff on the opposition party PSDB.

"My shame is for the people, who were hoping for major investments," added Ronaldo. "That's the great legacy of the Cup for us. They were expecting a lot and they're the ones most hurt by the situation."

Following Ronaldo's initial statement of shame, Rousseff hit back at Ronaldo. "I am sure that our country will put on the Cup of Cups," Rousseff said in a speech in Brasilia. "I am proud of our accomplishments. We have no reason to be ashamed and we don't have an inferiority complex."

Rousseff still leads in the polls, but her support is slipping. The president elections will be held in October.

World Cup Warmups ...

USA-BOUND. Defending champion Spain is off to Washington and the English are headed to Miami after winning their only home warm-up games on Friday. Spain beat Bolivia, 2-0, in Seville on second-half goals by Fernando Torres from the penalty spot and Andres Iniesta. England brushed aside Peru, 3-0, in their first meeting since the 1962 World Cup.

Daniel Sturridge gave the English the lead after 32 minutes, and central defenders Gary Cahill and Phil Jagielka put game away with goals off set pieces in the second half.

ST. LOUIS HOMECOMING. Edin Dzeko scored both goals to give Bosnia-Herzegovina a 2-1 victory over Ivory Coast on Friday night. The game was a homecoming for Bosnian forward Vedad Ibisevic, who attended Roosevelt High School and played at Saint Louis University.

The game drew only 14,101 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Bosnia-Herzegovina's match against Argentina in November 2013 drew 30,397 in St. Louis.

PRE-WORLD CUP, Schedule:
May 31 in Arlington, Texas
Mexico vs. Ecuador
May 31 in Osijek
Croatia vs. Mali
May 31 in Oslo
Norway vs. Russia
May 31 in Sion
Algeria vs. Armenia
May 31 in Lisbon
Portugal vs. Greece
May 31 in London
Italy vs. Ireland
May 31 in Rotterdam
Netherlands vs. Ghana
May 31 in Buenos Aires
Colombia vs. Senegal

Camp Updates ...

BRAZIL. Host Brazil doesn't play its first warm-up game until Tuesday, but Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he might rest three or four players for the game against Panama to give them a chance to improve their fitness. A second friendly against Serbia is scheduled for June 6. Defenders David Luiz, Thiago Silva and Maxwell have all been training on their own.



World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | Croatia (30) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: *Australia (27) | Chile (30) | Netherlands (30) | Spain (30)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | *Greece (23) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | Italy (30) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (26) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | Iran (28) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | Ghana (26) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | *South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Klinsmann: 'We did a lot of good stuff'    
The USA's 3-2 loss at Denmark on Wednesday gives Coach Jurgen Klinsmann's team a post-2014 World ...
TV Report: ESPN3 will air 120-plus NASL games    
ESPN3 will carry a minimum of 120 North American Soccer League games during the 2015 season, ...
Road to Russia: Heroics from U.S. collegians and prep star    
Heroics by a pair of former U.S. college goalkeepers highlighted the start of the long World ...
MLS Week 4: Vancouver loses Manneh for Timbers' match    
Vancouver will be without young Gambian star Kekuta Manneh for Saturday's Cascadia Cup game against Portland ...
French Guiana stuns Honduras in Gold Cup playoff    
Not so fast yet on that USA-Honduras match to open the Gold Cup. French Guiana, which ...
World Cup on ESPN garners six Sports Emmy nominations    
ESPN received six Sports Emmy Award nominations for its coverage of the 2014 World Cup from ...
Rewind: Breaking down the USA's late-game collapses    
The USA continued its recent trend of late collapses with the worst one of all, blowing ...
Video Pick: Too much celebration proves costly    
Players from Mozambique club Ferroviario Maputo celebrated so much after scoring against Zambia's K-Stars they weren't ...
What They're Saying: Jason Kreis    
"I'm a huge fan of Xavi Hernandez. I think he would be a huge player in ...
Tulsa brewer handcrafts Roughnecks Pale Ale    
The USL's Tulsa Roughnecks will offer Roughnecks Pale Ale, brewed by Tulsa-based craft brewer Marshall Brewing ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives