Blatter praises Brazil for Confederations Cup success despite political instability
The cloud of chaos threatened to break over Brazil during the Confederations Cup, but in spite of all the odds the tournament came to fantastic end, a finale that received much appreciation in the football community. Even the FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a man whose statements often rile up the football community, showered praise upon Brazil’s football organization for orchestrating a beautiful competition, which provided distraction from the ongoing protests in the country.
Hundreds of thousands thronged the streets of Brazil as part of demonstrations against the country’s government during the Confederations Cup. The protestors claim the government to be totally corrupt, incapable of policy making and criticized them for a massive increase in prices. The protestors called for immediate reforms, something the government has failed to deliver on an acceptable scale.
Clashes between protestors and police occurred during Brazil’s semifinal victory over Uruguay. In spite of all the violence on the streets, the environment within the stadium remained calm, or rather electric with football fever. Sepp Blatter rejected claims that Brazil wasn’t ready to host the World Cup next year; instead he claimed them to be well-organized and well set for the challenges ahead.
“As the president of FIFA, I have to say that, from an organizational point of view, when it comes to stadia and the football game, I am particularly happy with what has happened here,” Sepp Blatter told reporters at the Confederations Cup.
“We were able to play in six practically brand new stadia and we have received only compliments from the eight participants in this competition. On the football pitch, it's easy to say that it has been the best quality Confederations Cup we have ever organized. The matches were attractive even with a representative of Oceania in Tahiti at a lower standard.
“Naturally, the competition has been played in a situation where there was definitely social unrest with protests and manifestations, but I have to say finally that football has played a positive part here.
“It's part of emotion and I would say football has connected people in the stadia. Perhaps unfortunately it also connected people in the street. I can understand this social unrest, absolutely. But on the other hand, football at this time brings to the whole continent of 200 million these emotions and hope.
“Football is going out of this competition with a clear message. Yes, it was a good competition and we are happy to be back here next year in the Fifa World Cup with the 32 teams and 64 matches.”