World Cup 2014 in jeopardy for hosts Brazil
Spiralling costs, unfinished venues, and about a million people protesting are just some of the issues that have hit Brazil one year ahead of the country hosting World Cup 2014.
With more problems than Jay-Z, bookmaker Paddy Power have shortened the odds to 5/1 on FIFA caving to pressure and switching hosting duties for the tournament.
The Confederations Cup has been moulded by FIFA to act as a warm-up for World Cup hosts to show that their people, infrastructure, and police force are ready to have 32 countries and their fans descend on their soil.
However, it seems like the Brazilian public didn’t get the memo and huge protests across the country have added to the catalogue of issues for the organising committee. If FIFA did have to move the tournament then the UK would be the first to stick their hands up for hosting duties and Paddy Power have them as favourites to host the entire competition at odds of 14/1.
The successful hosting of the Olympics, the large amount of FIFA approved stadia across the green and pleasant land, plus the feeling of bitterness around losing out to Qatar for 2022 means the UK stand out as a readymade back up host. Equally bitter but also ready to jump at the chance would be France who are at odds of 16/1. Recent World Cup hosts Germany and South Africa are also at 16/1. Euro 2012 joint hosts Poland are at 20/1 with Sweden also at 20/1.
Having the World Cup taken away from them would be a disaster for Brazil with the drastic measure of switching hosts only having happened once in the tournament’s history. Columbia, who won the bid for the 1986 tournament, pulled out of hosting in 1982 due to financial issues. Losing the tournament would be bad for Brazil but it would the ultimate humiliation for the tournament to be switched to neighbouring Argentina – Messi’s blue and white striped barmy army are odds of 25/1 to host the entire tournament.
A Paddy Power spokesman told Football Betting News; “Despite FIFA assurances and Neymar’s mind boggling skills Brazil is not looking ready to host a World Cup. With a year left on the countdown clock we think a late switch is a real possibility”