From the Beautiful Game to Birthday Parties: The brutal reality of what happened to Brazil’s World Cup stadiums
Every four years, FIFA bring the greatest show on earth to their chosen destination, watch events unfold and leave. The World Cup has produced some of the most cherished, controversial and extraordinary moments in sporting history, but what happens when the event single-handedly damages the host nation’s economy? What happens when stadiums built for the stars are constructed on hugely-inflated costs and corruption? What happens when those venues are left to rot in isolation, with very little football interest?
Well, five years on from Brazil’s dream tournament that turned to a nightmare on the pitch, the country is still reeling from hosting 64 football matches in the summer of 2014.