Brazil: Comparisons can be made to South Africa after hosting the World Cup

As the dust settles on this year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the host nation now turns its attentions to hosting the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in two years time, residents of the South American nation can now pause and ask themselves whether it was all worth it. The tournament was characterized by protests before and during the World Cup over the cost of hosting such an event. However, now is a good time to look at the impact and legacy of the World Cup, while also looking back to what hosting the world’s biggest sporting event has meant for 2010 hosts South Africa.