Brazil Wins Confederations Cup During Biggest Protests in 20 Years

Published July 2, 2013 by OCR Editor

Brazil Wins Confederations Cup During Biggest Protests in 20 Years

10,000 police clashed with Brazilian protesters, but it was soccer, Brazil's national sport, that prevailed.

It was a great night for the Confederations Cup final as the Brazilian National Men's soccer team put the ball in the net 3 times against Spain's team. Brazil controlled the 90 minutes of play, in what could be the outcome of next year's World Cup in Brazil.  

It is next year's World Cup that drew over 1,000,000 protesters in over 100 cities throughout Brazil who have come together to protest the fact that Brazil is spending over $14 billion on the tournament while basic facilities like hospitals, schools, public security and transportation are in dire need of serious investment.  Brazilian authorities deployed over 10,000 police offices and additional security personnel to make sure the seemingly quiet marches during the day didn't turn into riots like what we are seeing in other places in the world right now.  Police were forced to use teargas later in the evening to disperse a small group of protesters late on Sunday night but it was nothing compared to the overjoyed fans that took to the streets following the home teams victory.

The final was played in Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium on Sunday night and the deafening crowd helped the home team crush their rivals from Spain at the end of the two week Confederation Cup.  Throughout the tournament, punters from all over the world could have won some really big cash if they bet on the games with William Hill Sportsbook.  The famous online sportsbook was featuring the best lines on all of the games and if you weren't able to make it to the games in Brazil, the next, most exciting way to watch would be to play the in-play bets offered by William Hill Sportsbook.      

For over a decade, Brazil's economy has been booming but not enough of the revenue has been earmarked to remedy major problems like inflation, rising crime, and poor public services. President Dilma Rousseff, who was booed at the Confederation Cup opener in Brasilia, decided not to attend the final as her approval ratings have dropped since the protests began.

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