The other side of the World Cup in Brazil


The dream of a sixth World Cup title for the Brazilian team was left in tatters last Tuesday night when they were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. A 3-0 defeat by Hollande on Saturday in the third-place playoff simply rubbed salt in the wounds and the reality of life in Brazil has quickly resumed. The World Cup has cost the country billions of dollars – as many as 14 billion dollars according to some estimates - yet many Brazilians have seen no changes for the better in their daily lives. Massive inequalities between rich and poor remain, while protests are violently suppressed. It was to show this “other side of the World Cup” that a collective of photographers from all around the world came together, calling themselves the 'Warld Cup'. Their work, a selection of which is shown here, will be exhibited next to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday July 13th, where the final will be played, and also in the city's Saens Peña Square where demonstrators will gather on the same day. The collective hopes the images will later be shown in other countries too.

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  1. In Brazil, football and protesting can go hand in hand.

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