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Augusto Lima, a rising junior on the Crusader men's soccer team, calls Brazil home and this summer, Brazil is the host country for the 2014 World Cup. Lima will be blogging throughout the duration of the World Cup with his first-hand insight into the atmosphere, game action and more surrounding the global event.
The World Cup comes to an end but for Brazil, this might just be the beginning as the legacy left behind by the world's biggest sporting event will stay for years to come. While on the soccer pitch the Brazilian national team was humiliated and showed no inspiration, other teams came to the World Cup very well prepared and throughout the tournament everyone was able to watch high quality matches even from teams for which a high quality of play was not expected.
On the organizational and structural aspects of the World Cup, Brazil overcame the expectations, doing a lot better than what pre-World Cup speculations declared.
Structurally, on the soccer side of things, Brazil now has more modern stadiums and training centers than before and that certainly helps to improve the Brazilian league, which has been heavily criticized by the media and fans due to the low level of play being presented. In addition, some very good improvements and upgrades were done to things like airports. Many of these changes might not have happened if it wasn't for the World Cup.
Another improvement that came along with the World Cup was the security. I have never seen so many police officers out in the street like I saw this past two months. Before, you would usually see a police car or officer whenever a crime or problem had already happened but this wasn't the case this summer; they were everywhere. It is my hope that this improvement can stay for good.
Sixty-four games in about a month – that's a lot of soccer, cheering, partying and emotions. That is why the World Cup is such a special event. Unfortunately, it only happens every four years. Brazil enjoyed hosting the World Cup and being the center of all the attention in the past weeks. Now it's Russia's time and while for all the soccer fans four years will feel like eternity, for Russia it won't take long to go by.
It has been an incredible experience being able to live the World Cup from this close. Brazil will miss the World Cup.