World Cup

One year after it hosted the World Cup, South Africa is looking at empty and expensive stadia and a persistent debt that's causing some to regret hosting the soccer tournament.
Jul 26, 2011   The New York Times Magazine
The cities hosting the 2014 World Cup in Brazil have been awarded an infusion of $6 billion from the Inter-American Development Bank to fund urban mobility and other efforts ahead of the event.
Jul 13, 2011   The City Fix
As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, officials are pushing a new law that would limit the powers of the international bodies behind the two major sporting events.
Jul 1, 2011   The New York Times
Preparations for the World Cup and Olympics are displacing hundreds of families in Rio de Janeiro. One neighborhood next to a major stadium has been turned into a ghost town.
May 21, 2011   Guardian
This op-ed from <em>Al Jazeera</em> looks at some of the negative ways preparations for the World Cup and Olympics are affecting the poor in Brazil.
May 12, 2011   Al Jazeera
As Brazil prepares to host the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics, renovations to the Maracana, an infamous soccer stadium in Rio de Janeiro, are pricing out the city's poor. Some say the work is killing one of the city's few egalitarian public places.
May 6, 2011   The New York Times
Infrastructure projects are lagging in Brazil, which is causing some to worry that the country won't be ready to host the 2014 World Cup.
Apr 29, 2011   The National
More than $200 billion worth of projects are either planned or underway in Qatar, and nearly half of them are infrastructure.
Feb 4, 2011   Gulf Times
As Qatar prepares to host the 2022 World Cup, officials there have announced plans to build an urban rail network to link its 12 World Cup venues.
Dec 13, 2010   Railway Gazette
Two major international decisions are being made today: which countries will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The selected hosts will undoubtedly celebrate their victories, and look forward to the soft and hard benefits of hosting this most watched of sporting events. The host countries Opinion
Dec 2, 2010   By Nate Berg
Just months after the completion of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, expensive stadia built for the event sit empty and unused.
Nov 15, 2010   Bleacher Report