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Bernie Ecclestone – The Godfather of Formula 1

 

In the atmosphere of Formula 1, few use the name of Briton Bernard Ecclestone to refer to the highest authority in the category. At best, it’s Bernie. But they often prefer to resort to one of the three pseudonyms that describe their power: the czar, the ringmaster, or Mister Big. But at 83, the godfather who has been in control of the sports car business for three decades is about to lose his influence and even runs the risk of ending up in jail. However, with or without him, F1 is forced to change to survive the scandal that splatters it.

Behind the passions that triggered around the tracks or on television, F1 was never a model of transparency. The corruption trial against Ecclestone confirmed those suspicions. German court accuses him of having paid a $ 44 million bribe to banker Gerhard Gribkowsky to ensure Bayern LB would sell F1 rights to a buyer favoring his interests: in 2006 he finally attributed them to 830 million dollars to the investment fund CVC Capital Partners, which now controls 42% of the business.

The prospect of seeing Ecclestone behind bars or away from the circuits terrifies the F1 universe, an activity that moves $ 6 billion a year in advertising contracts, television rights and contributions for the presentation of the full show of F1 in each country. “If Bernie leaves us, this activity is going to be progressively extinguished,” Austrian Niki Lauda, a triple world champion and current driver and shareholder of the Mercedes-AMG team, told the Daily Telegraph.

Its Formula 1 PLC partners, a holding company domiciled in Jersey’s tax haven, have since 2012 prepared the succession by creating a complex parallel structure listed on the Singapore stock exchange. That octopus of 31 tentacles has just distributed $ 332 million worth of dividends for 2013.

The largest portion of that cake, 133 million, went to CVC Capital Partners.
Leader. This is the first time that Ecclestone will be forced to slow down the pace it had maintained since it first entered F1. This year, he will spend two days a week in Munich to follow the evolution of his judicial process. Their absence does not go unnoticed: the teams, the organizers, the advertising investors and even the pilots are accustomed to their obsessive presence.

During competition weekends, he set up his headquarters in a silver motorhome (he is called “The Kremlin”) from where he controls every detail of the organization. This almost innocuous-looking English controls with equal zeal from television contracts to the location of hot-dog kiosks. At each grand prize, fly the stands by helicopter to verify that all trucks are perfectly aligned.

Like all powerful men who came to have total power over an industry, he is an enigmatic character: he never talks about money and never exhibits his private life. “The only ones who know my heritage are the tax inspector and I,” he told a journalist in The Economist magazine who wanted to know the structure of his business.

Less polite was the reply he shot to a reporter in the French daily Le Figaro, when he asked for details on the budget of his societies: “We spend as little as we can and we keep as much money as we can.”

 

Tennis – life after the Legion

 

After enjoying the merriment of the protagonism, thanks to the extraordinary “Legion” of tennis players, Argentina lives his poorest moment in his passage through the Davis Cup since his return to the World Group in 2001.

The thirteen consecutive years of permanence not only him gave our country the possibility of rubbing shoulders with the powers, but also, during that period, the national team had great stakes where they managed to reach three finals and six semifinals, being one of the main animators of the tournament. But time passed and the big names of yesterday are gone.

The national team had to suffer to remain in the world tennis elite, in a tight series against Israel in the United States. Argentina remains among the best, but its turnover is imminent.Days of glory. The image of Guillermo Canas and Luis Lobo embraced after getting the last point of the doubles against Mirnyi and Voltchkov in September 2001 was the break, the end of ten seasons of frustrations in the American Zone.

Since that return to date, the Davis Cup Argentinian team has been the one with the highest regular performance in national history, reaching the quarterfinals (2004, 2007 and 2009) six times in the semi-finals (2002, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013); and came to the final on three other occasions in 2006, 2008 and 2011.

The appearance of players such as David Nalbandian, Gastin Gaudio, Guillermo Coria, Mariano Zabaleta, Juan Ignacio Chela, Guillermo Calas and Mariano Puerta, among others, base of their achievements will begin to know them as the “Legion Argentina”.

Major titles and appearances in the top ten of the ATP ranking, individually and the aforementioned good Davis Cup participation in the group, revalidated that motto of “Legion”. However, the “Ensaladera” was not in the country.

Neither with them nor with Guillermo Vilas and Jose Luis Clerc, in the 80’s, Argentina got the maximum lauro of tennis worldwide. Daniel Miche, a specialist journalist and author of the book “Maldita Davis” believes it is “impossible to see players like those of previous years in the near future.”

In the same vein, Juan Ignacio Chela, a former tennis player and member of the “Legion”, says: “I do not think it’s something to repeat, it’s very difficult. Every weekend there were Argentines in the final matches of the tournaments and it was almost taken as a habit. But it is not, it was historical.

No aces up your sleeve. Juan Martin Del Potro is undoubtedly the best Argentine player that emerged after the successful layer of tennis. However – as the saying goes – “a swallow does not make summer” and a single talented does not make a “Legion”.

Not to count on him is to give advantage “The semifinals of last year were a miracle”, affirms Miche, “Argentina won well the parties but without Del Potro is not going to repeat”. Guillermo Caras also opined in an interview with the T?lam agency about the importance of Del Potro: “Not having it in the Davis Cup is like Argentina’s football team lacking Messi. I compare them because it is always necessary to have a player like that, which does not mean that with it will be guaranteed success, but the chances of reaching it would be greater. ”

The absence of the Tandilense is not something new or by the election of Martin Jaite, the captain of the team, with whom the relationship has been broken for some time. At the end of last year the tennis player wrote a letter to the president of the Argentine Tennis Association (AAT), Arturo Grimaldi, and Jaite, explaining a little the tense relationship. “I’m tired of being invited by mail or messages and at the same time pressured me through a certain press taking notes on whether or not I play the Davis Cup, trying to leave me ill in front of public opinion, I think a double hypocritical speech “, He said.

All this began to worsen from his last participation in the Davis Cup, in the series for the semi-finals against Czech Republic, in the Roca Park. Since that match in which he beat Radek Stepanek and got off the cross for the fourth point against Tomas Berdych, with the series 2-1 in favor of the Czechs, the relationship broke, not only with the people of the association and Jaite , but also with the public that day booed him.

That 16 of September of 2012 was the last time that Del Potro was part of the national team Will there be return with new captaincy¬†New values. Federico Delbonis (24), So Paulo’s Brazilian ATP champion, ranked 59th in the world ranking and a member of doubles against Israel, is one of the names that heads the renewal of players.

In addition, along with the team traveled Diego Schwartzman (No. 85 of the ranking) and Juan Ignacio Lindero (No. 186 of the ranking) of 22 and 21 years respectively.

For many, they may be the new hope of tennis. However, without specifying a specific name, the critic Miche envisions a stage of lean cows: This generation of tennis players and above all the intermediate between the new and the ‘Legion’ is that of ‘2001’ which by the crisis had problems to fire as before in big tournaments around the world.

The exchange is imminent and what is coming to Argentina is normal, a team that can win many matches but that outside will cost a lot. With little investment and a weak structure compared to another. Much more can not be expected.

 

Facundo Regal – a new Hope

 

Although Facundo Regala is a “boy” of barely 22 years, he speaks like an adult, as an experienced man. Set a schedule for the note and meet. Respond clearly and without evasiveness. It has vocabulary. His dream is to race in Formula 1 and it is not that far from it.

At the beginning of the 90s, “not to break in a complicated moment of the country”, his family moved from San Fernando, province of Buenos Aires, to Spain, nonstop. Something relatively similar to what happened with the Messi.

He wants to run for Argentina and feels Argentine, beyond that he escapes some “fuck” that betrays so much time in Mejorada del Campo, the town 20 kilometers from Madrid where he lives. To realize his dream, in addition to sports results, he needs money. How much? One million euros. YPF, the Automobile Club Argentino, Paolini -director of Boca- and Varlion, the brand that his father carries on, are some of his sponsors. Launched the campaign “Argentina supports Facu Regala” and managed to raise 30,000 pesos in an account of Banco Nacin.

In Spain she lives with her parents, her 7-year-old brother and her 20-year-old sister. There is also a large part of her father’s family: uncles, cousins and grandmother. Instead, the aunt, the entire maternal family and Valentina, his newly received girlfriend as a psychologist, stayed in Argentina.

He made up to second grade of primary school in his suburban neighborhood and then continued his education in Madrid. He dedicated two years to the Marketing career, but was not compatible with his demanding activity as a professional broker.

He speaks English and Italian, he integrated the smaller divisions of Real Madrid, plays to the paddle, the ping-pong and even it is encouraged to a few minced to the soccer with friends who know that they can not put the strong leg to him.

As a precaution, avoid other vices such as snowboarding and windsurfing. He wanted to meet his idol Messi but still could not. Instead, he got Diego Maradona to open doors for him with big fish from Dubai.

From Real Madrid to the slopes. “I quit football and tennis to pursue auto racing. My grandfather ran, my great uncle too, my old man and my uncle did not run for lack of budget, but they like to drive strong, heh. When my old man bought me a karting to take my first laps, in a circuit 5 kilometers from home I started to train, I called the attention to the circuit owner, he invited me to enter the Madrid championship and in the first race I did the ” pole “[came out first in the standings] and I won the two races. I realized that I loved speed and from there, thanks to the possibilities of my family, I started to run, “recalls Regala in dialogue with NEWS.

 

Jos Ferrer Santillyn – Mr. Argentina

 

Jos Ferrer Santillyn, the Cordoban who competed for being the next Mr. World, belongs to the new branch of bodybuilding called “Men’s Physique”, which although it works based on a hard diet and gym, has a lower requirement with regarding professional bodybuilding.

Not so exalted bodies, which leave the door open to the athlete for any adventure in the world of fitness modeling.”It’s a fairly new category,” says Fernando Loreiro, vice president of the Argentine Federation of Bodybuilding (FAM), “The sport began to open up to an audience of not so high performance and giant physicists. Although they have a muscular development, the increase of mass is smaller.

Men’s Physique is a more attenuated version from the technical point of view: the athlete is in shorts, he judges the physique standing, front and profile, but without posing or flexing muscles as is done in bodybuilding. It is a lighter category that can give the modeling side, more commercial, without requiring so many years of training. As a way out, your opportunity is clear, the eye of ordinary people is more attractive to see.

 

A QUICK GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING CRICKET

 

I remember when I participated in a Sports Management exchange that Russian, Turkish, Nigerian and Venezuelan students were trying to make American students understand the importance of football (or soccer as they call it) in the rest of the world.

The passions that awakens, as the world is paralyzed every four years by the world, the euphoric atmosphere that is lived, even in countries where the selection has never reached the famous championship, example: Venezuela.

That was seven years ago, since then I think Americans have become more accustomed to this idea and much more after the last World Cup, where I could see with my own eyes, as they are slowly catching up with the global euphoria for this sport.

Seven years ago I was explaining how important soccer is and I did not imagine that I did not know the importance of another sport for many other countries, at least in this part of the globe: Cricket.

As the world went by a lot since then and I arrived in Sri Lanka, here I started to watch the game on television channels, waiting rooms in offices, airports and bars.

In the last two places they placed it without sound, but you could easily recognize that the same was followed by security guards or people around, when in unison he heard clicks and other sounds accompanied by emphatic movements of hands, or applause of disappointment or joy.

In bars instead of shirts of football clubs, baseball, basketball or hockey framed on the walls, There are shirts of the autographed cricket teams. Instead of autographed balls or baseball bats there are cricket bats, which are flat and longer.

In fact there was a gentleman, let’s say attractive, who saw in all possible advertising, was the face of a chain of supermarkets, a telecommunications company, a brand of clothing, restaurants, everything and always thought it was a Actor perhaps of cinema because its presence in all the publicity could not be compared with more nobody.

Until I saw him playing cricket, it turns out that it was Kumar Sangakkara a talented cricket player from Sri Lanka.

 

Games of Gol

 

Messi is our foreign prince. The one who is asked to conquer for all but also the one who is petty approval. He must overcome them and beat us all to win and win. It’s Argentina again fighting the adversary and his own shadow. He comes from lands where the ball touches, is distributed to the sides and is secured throughout the battlefield.

Here where it is not clear or what is played and we allow the madness of rehearsing in the world, not only must fight to impose a logic that allows him to win. He must also fight with a disembodied enemy who has already lost his fear loneliness.

Argentina walked a long desert of two matches. When water was lacking but also thirst, the foreign prince saved them. When lacking game but also courage, he revived them with goal. Until the third game, a languid selection was caught by the hesitation. Bosnia treated them without respect and Iran installed an oasis of extermination to the front of the bow and they believed that it existed.

Just before the Nigerian super eagles that went like little birds after the 3 to 2, the equipment seemed determined to assert what constitutes it. But that pulse, and that pressure, that vocation to play being what it is, that field where the archangel Di Maria made heavenly surprises, and Caballero Lavezzi showered the Abbot, that park that saw a goal of the Red Squire and the Norman Pipita awake resurrecting the siege of heavy cavalry, that camp would not have been a feast, without the foreign prince.

They say. They say that in this world the monarchies are finished. They are wrong. Because Holland obviously has Van Gaal saying in the face of journalists that, 5-3-2 or 4-3-3, he “schemes to win” and AMEN. And they are wrong because there is Argentina, which in the fobal, from Kempes to here, from Diego and with Roman, has kings that locates in the afterlife. And now he carries the banner of a foreign prince whom he accused of not being Argentine.

And today both are needed. Because unlike everything else, in soccer, you are only a prophet in your land. Do you remember when we reproached him for not singing the hymn? Now they all stopped singing.

Now what they sing are their goals and a Creedence song adapted to the Spanish where the Brazilians are our children. Its original name is Bad Moon Rising, but that bad moon sung in English, in the letter of the basic argentine says that the foreign prince will be king: “Messi, Messi, the cup is going to bring”. The drama is unfolding. There are four games left to know if it will be our Iliad or our Odyssey.

 

They denounce pre-arranged matches for South Africa 2017

 

Just a week from the World Cup, the ghosts of the global sport par excellence re-glimpse: at least five friendly matches preparatory to the 2017 South Africa Cup would have been arranged by the gambling mafia, according to the American newspaper The New York Times based on a FIFA report .”The reports raise serious concerns about the vulnerability of the World Cup to the manipulation of parties,” warns the New York newspaper, adding: “It was revealed that the organization that arranges the meetings and their referees have infiltrated the highest levels of world football in order to condition exhibition games and exploit them based on the bets. Extensive details are provided of how ‘at least five parties and possibly more’ would have been manipulated. ”

Among the suspected encounters is South Africa (5) -Guatemala (0), led by Nigerian Ibrahim Chaibou, who would have received one hundred thousand dollars, according to the US newspaper. And it was not the only controversial participation of the judge: the alarms of the FIFA jumped in a friendly in 2016 between Argentina (1) and Nigeria (4), when Chaibou gave eight minutes of discount with the African equipment gaining 4 to 0 . Finally, granted a ridiculous penalty that Argentine striker Mauro Boselli changed by the goal of the discount. The result coincided with voluptuous moves in the Asian betting market.

The industry. The phenomenon of gambling in sports is anything but new. The arrangement of events to favor bettors is not an evil, precisely, of the time. Its gigantic magnitude, however, may be. The arrival of on-line and real-time betting, which has already taken several years of experimentation on the European continent, has radically revolutionized the business model of an industry whose value today would reach stratospheric numbers: between U $ S 700,000 million and U $ 1 trillion annually.

 

The pass of the year – Messi signed for Macri

 

No Argentinian footballer who deserves such will want the country, and especially Lionel Messi, to fail in Brazil. Mauricio Macri, a rustic footballer and candidate for 2015, is not the exception, he bets a great part of his chips that the crack of Barcelona consecrated to Argentina in the World Cup, since it is crowned definitively as the best of all time.The head of government was quick.

A few months ago Sergio Massa and Daniel Scioli – two other presidential contenders with celebrities and athletes – and closed a millionaire agreement with Rosario, which will be the visible face of the Youth Olympic Games that will take place in the 2018 in the city of Buenos Aires.

But for that event four years are missing. The idea of the head of government is to exploit the brand of the soccer star right now. In this scheme, success in Brazil is paramount.

The biggest in the world. Macri already has almost confirmed his presence in the debut of the national team in the world cup, next June 15 at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. He was invited by the local mayor, but the former president of Boca Juniors will take advantage of his visit to Rio to promote the presidential elections next year.

According to NEWS, the agreement between “Lio” and the macrism is around 10 million pesos, a juicy figure, although below market values, especially for a figure of the size of the rosarino. The arrangement, which requires exclusivity, was agreed directly between the leader of PRO and Jorge Messi, father of the player. Avelino Tamargo, former Macrista legislator and current representative of show stars, was key in the negotiations.

A few weeks ago, a film crew traveled to Barcelona to record several scenes in which the player promotes the city of Buenos Aires as the venue for the Olympic Games. But the maximum in the PRO goes beyond that event: Macri bets on showing up with him during the presidential campaign. And the ideal to exploit that photo is to appear alongside a Messi world champion.

 

Ponzinibbio – the Great Argentine fighter

 

Combined martial arts (or mixed martial arts) (MMA) fights are a phenomenon that insists on strengthening the palate of the Argentine viewer adept at action sports. Not without effort, the various championship organizers have slowly been able to detach themselves from the original image of the “everything goes” to show MMA as a serious , regulated activity and a technical variety that – in its best exponents – is attractive for those who like to sit in front of the TV to enjoy a good fight.The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , which has a strong historical presence on cable television and social networks, achieved its first spot on local open television in September this year, with a cycle going on by Am?rica TV on Saturdays at 23.

And, like almost everything, there is always an Argentinean in the middle. Among the nearly four hundred UFC fighters, welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio (27) reached the big international fights after an unusual road, almost an adventure: to go and try his luck to Brazil – he came from a humble upbringing in the Platanian conurbano – to live in a tent on the verge of indigence, sell food on the beach to survive and end up participating in a reality show for fighters whose prize was just a contract for the professional league.

Worthy of a touching film.

Its debut had both the bitter taste of the first defeat, but also a sort of unexpected victory: the live broadcast of the fight made 5 rating points, a phenomenon so unusual for the television of this type of fighting as for the signal and time slot.

News: How did you get to UFC?

Santiago Ponzinibbio: I already practiced mixed martial arts in La Plata, where I lived before coming to Brazil. My first fights were there, but everything changed when some friends taught me some Jujitsu positions and I loved it.

The point was that Argentina was far from a place where mixed martial arts was a popular sport. Now it is growing more and more, but six years ago, when I started, it was not so. Then a friend offered to share a vacation in Florianopolis and I left without thinking much, with just money.

I knew that I would take advantage to train and perfect myself because in Brazil mixed martial arts is a very practiced sport. But the days went by, the holidays spread and I ended up staying. My first contact was a Brazilian coach,

News: But what did you live for?

Ponzinibbio: The problem was when I finished the savings I had taken, I had to start searching. I lived in carp for four months and worked as hard as I could: I sold milanese chicken sandwiches and had massages on the beach, I was a craftsman, a bartender, I sold beers during the carnival, a little bit of everything. In the meantime I taught, and little by little I could start to fight.

Until I learned that a reality show was going to be made with fighters of my weight and that the prize of the program was the signing of a contract with UFC. I traveled and I performed in the casting. By that time I had settled in Brazil, proving that I had been there for a long time and was working. But I was still Argentine, and the producers did not want to score me to do the casting.

News: Did you discriminate?

Ponzinibbio: I explained to them that I loved Brazil, who was a boyfriend with a Brazilian girl, who was working and who had been living in Florianpolis for four years. They were begged, I was the last to do the casting, participant number 500. I went through different stages until I proved that I was able to enter the house. And once I entered, it all started, I lived with many Brazilians, I trained with them and I fought against them. I entered the house saying “I am Argentine, but I am Argentine People Boa” (good people), so I got the nickname and today in Brazil, in the street, they say “Argentine people good”.

I reached the semifinal, I won, but in that fight I broke the radio in 10 places and did not get to recover for the final and I had to leave the contest. In fact, the one who ended up winning the reality show was the one I won in the semifinal. But UFC trusted me and I signed a contract, since I was the moral and legitimate winner because I had never lost a fight.

News: What was the personal experience of the reality show in Brazil?

Ponzinibbio: It is a very positive experience for any athlete with aspirations to enter the UFC, and for that reason also represents a great challenge. It is something new and different because you are locked up, you do not have contact with your friends or your relatives, at first you do not talk to anyone and you are isolated. I had to take my family away and talk little with them before entering the house, it was a little easier than for the rest I think, but it was still complicated.

The closure tires you a lot, you have to fight with partners with whom you live, you see every day, and over time you are generating a friendship. It’s difficult because we trained together and after all fights with your teammates, they know your bravery as much as your strengths and weaknesses, and whether or not you want a certain intimacy to the fight.

News: And how is it now, the life of professional fighter?

Ponzinibbio: Belonging to the league is a great honor and I think it is a direct result of my effort, my training and my strength of will. Now everything begins in reality. I did a first stage to get in, but now it’s my time to show what kind of fighter I am. I know the results will define my path, but for now I will go fight to fight.

News: Do you see yourself with the title of champion?

Ponzinibbio: Being a champion in my category is something I want to achieve, of course. But it is a long-term goal, for the moment I prefer to focus on the present.

News: What do you hope for your future? How do you see yourself in ten years?

Ponzinibbio: For the moment I prefer to concentrate on the present, I had a hard time getting here, I had to leave many things aside, and I want to enjoy this stage that I have to live, with each of the things that comes with having entered the league, without thinking much about the future or advancing.

Anyway, in the more distant future, I see myself maybe coaching guys, teaching them all the good things about mixed martial arts, or maybe I find myself talking about fights on TV, the truth is that I did not think much of it.

But surely my future is still linked to the martial arts because there are many things to do and I believe that in Argentina there is still a long way to go! And I want to be part of that! But the future is going to come alone, today I dedicate myself to thinking like an athlete.

 

What are the FIFA rules for Brazil 2017?

 

The expression entered the national vocabulary during demonstrations of protests in June and July, when everything was demanded: education, health, transport, all within the standard of FIFA. So what is this measure that became synonymous with high quality? The answer can be read on the website of the International Football Federation, but it requires a lot of patience.

There are listed the 52 regulations for perfect competition, a set of rules that began in the 1990s, which is constantly updated and considered one of the pillars of the very high level of professionalism (and profits) of the championships that follow to the letter, as the European.Obviously, the criteria that are considered as ideal sometimes clash with local realities, such as the recent fall of a beam in the construction of Itaquero in San Pablo, leaving two dead, the kind of fatality that opens the eyes of technicians FIFA to the possible need to adopt new and more stringent rules.

In each World Cup, a group of highly trained professionals takes care of every detail: from people in charge of dealing with the legislators of the host country to people responsible for supervising the angle of inclination of the tribunes in the stadiums (34 degrees exactly, so that everyone can see).

The existence of the FIFA rule is a direct consequence of the start of satellite transmissions , which have transformed football into a global show, much more profitable but also more exposed to criticism. There began the demands in terms of organization and performance in the field of play, reaching the stadiums and then to its surroundings.

Most regulations address the issue of stadiums. In Brazil, architects and engineers prepare monthly reports on the works, which were even followed in real time by cameras.

The grass is a primordial element.”First, because it is the scene of the party. And also because the eyes of the fan will be fixed in him during the 90 minutes of the game, “explains the agronomist Maristela Kuhn, 45, of whom spent 22 years of them studying sports fields.

Maristela was hired three years ago to ensure compliance with the FIFA rule in the field of the twelve stadiums of the Cup. The Maristela team commissioned European laboratories to assess light and shade at each point on the future playgrounds, and from these reports came the decisions about the plant species most suited to the climate of each region and the types of sand, and that the grass is cultivated on sand and rock (even the dimensions of the grain are specified). In stadiums with shadow points, FIFA recommends the use of imported equipment (price: 120,000 reais) with very strong lights to stimulate photosynthesis artificially.

For the construction or renovation of the twelve stadiums of the 2014 World Cup, Arena, the company in charge of supervising the works, hired 33 people who have been traveling constantly for three years all over Brazil. “Since 2010, my bed is the seat 14B of some plane,” jokes director Carlos De La Corte.

He and other company employees began their training at the 2010 South Africa Cup. “We actively participated as observers, and experience was central to our current work,” says De La Corte. Also the CEO of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Ricardo Trade, began his position at the Brazil Cup in a South African office in Pretoria. “I was able to follow closely the challenges of that country in the infrastructure sector, in a way very similar to ours,” he says.
Techno. The rules are perfected between Copa and Copa. “Here, in Brazil, FIFA gave us the experience of previous competitions and we tried to add a Brazilian vision to them,” Trade explains.

Most of the changes involve some technological progress, such as the monitoring of the goal line with cameras located at several points, which will be used for the first time in 2014.

Detail: the line must be 12cm wide; 1cm more or less could impair reading. A software logs images that confirm whether the ball crossed the line or not. If crossed, the referee will be warned by vibration and visual signal on his watch.

The method is the response to an incredible error, repeated several times in videos: a legitimate goal not collected from Englishman Frank Lampard in the match against Germany in the 2010 World Cup. At another point, lessons learned in South Africa served to moderate the technological appetite of the FIFA standard: instead of improving the ball ultraveloz “Jabulani”,

The most difficult thing in implementing FIFA’s criteria is finding specialized people to change the job. “Our biggest challenge is to train professionals to the required model, above what is customary here,” says Maristela, the teacher on grass.

To alleviate this deficiency, the federation doubled the care with the training of the 15,000 volunteers , already selected and in full training in the areas to which they were designated. “We take advantage of the previous Cup experience. Those who have already dealt with volunteers always reinforce the importance of keeping them motivated and demanding a good command of the English language, “says the current manager, Rodrigo Hermida, who held the same position at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.

He points out two particularities in training in Brazil. One is to reinforce respect for the uniform: “You can not customize it,” he explains. Another is the measure of the displays of affection. “The European entities have to emphasize the warm reception of the public. Here the opposite happens: we have to contain the mania of hugging everyone, ” says Hermida.
FIFA requirements also include stadium surroundings.

Each of them would have near a subway station , bus stops , a heliport and a wide coverage of security cameras. For example, on the sustainable issue, host cities must submit air quality records for the five years prior to the Cup, as some have never recorded it.

There are also targets for airports and hotels. In practice, some of these points, which require investment and political decisions, end in oblivion. Even so, control is constant: every six weeks, the COL meets with representatives of host cities to analyze the preparations. With all that, FIFA hopes that, once at least most of its rules are met, Brazilians can forget the other expression that obscures the success in 2014: “Imagine if in the Cup …”