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“A team of 190 million Brazilians will turn the World Cup into the biggest party on the planet. A party packed with joy, music and organisation” – Ricardo Teixeira, World Cup organising committee chairman, 2010
“In 2014 I’ll be able to get away with anything. The most slippery, unthinkable, machiavellian things … And you know what? Nothing will happen” – Ricardo Teixeira, World Cup organising committee chairman, 2011
“However much was spent, stolen, already has been. If it was necessary to protest then people should have done so beforehand” – Joana Havelange, daughter of Ricardo Teixeira, this week
“It was all Yossarian’s fault. The country was in peril. He was jeopardizing his traditional rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them” – Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Catch-22 has lots of good bits. In fact this is a false distinction: the whole of Catch-22 is one long good bit. But I was reminded of this particular good bit this week by the news that Joana Havelange, daughter of the disgraced former head of the Brazilian FA Ricardo Teixeira, has called on those protesting against murkiness and corruption at the World Cup to stop jeopardising what might otherwise be a highly berlin film festival ends canada goose jacket sponsorship amid successful, murky and corrupt World Cup.
It is a brilliantly nuanced point, and quite old-school Brazilian in its sense of woozy, self-serving logic. The argument seems buy canada goose jacket edmonton to be this: by exercising the freedom of speech essential to the image of a modern, forward-looking Brazil, the World Cup protesters are irredeemably besmirching the image of modern, forward-looking Brazil.
These people saying these people must be stopped must be stopped! In fairness to Joana, it is best to make clear at this point that she is not, repeat not, the same Teixeira daughter who was found to have had $2m transferred into a savings account in her name by one of her father’s business associates (that was her sister, who was 10 at the time). And really, with the World Cup thrumming its engines and looming tantalisingly close, it is actually very helpful to have brought this up right now.
Two years have passed since Teixeira Sr skipped off into exile in Miami “for health reasons”, shortly after Fifa confirmed he had received amazon canada goose parka canada goose coat 1000 bulbs coupon millions of dollars in World Cup kickbacks. Yet he remains a potent presence. For all the moving on, and the changing of the subject, this is still basically Ricardo Teixeira’s World Cup. His dead hand twitches behind every detail. He set the tone, decided what projects vast amounts of public money would end up being wasted on, and scrabbled his fingers into every single artery.
It is buy canada goose jacket in canada only a matter of happy historical accident that the redesigned Maracanã doesn’t have a dictator-scale mural of his face across its giant Polo mint outer shell. How bent is Ricardo Teixeira? Well, the allegations, the investigations, the gagging lawsuits came and went during his near-quarter century as Brazilian FA president. In 2009 he was convicted of smuggling goods back through customs on the Brazil World Cup squad’s private jet after victory at USA 94. Teixeira had arranged best canada goose jacket for skiing that the team’s baggage would go through untaxed. Rumour has it Branco had an entire fitted kitchen with him. Teixeira had the fittings for a bar he opened a few months later. Finally, like a last, desperate stun dart bringing down a charging pachyderm, a 2012 Swiss prosector’s report revealed that Teixeira and João Havelange (grandfather of Joana) had taken $41m in bribes in connection with FIFA’s World Cup marketing rights.
And really it is his apparent ingrained, robust career corruption that tips Teixeira out of the merely villainous into something much, much broader. This World Cup may be designed to showcase Brazil as a shiny, new South American superpower, but its Teixeira‑ism represents instead the creaking coffin average price of canada goose jacket lid of the old Brazil, a culture of oligarchical corruption that was fostered by some disastrously ham-fisted economic management after the second world war. My father lived in Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s, a time when 80% (a month) inflation meant speeding around the supermarket before the manager could change the prices from yesterday’s to today’s, where nobody ever paid anybody, and where a swamp-like bureaucracy only functioned via a culture of jeitinho: the way around, the cut corner. In everyday life a jeitinho might mean jumping a queue. In business it was huge-scale cronyism and criminality: always knowing someone who knew someone who could.
The gravity has shifted now. Those protests on the streets – sorry, Joana – come from a point of paradox: just as the boom made a Brazilian World Cup an attractively cash-drenched engine for big deals and gushing public money, so prosperity has made Brazilians less supine and less willing to put up with the grabbing hands of the old ruling industrial class. Hopes have been raised. Brazilians can see the fault lines, the dirt. And so – the story goes – Brazil is left with a World Cup designed to showcase its coming out that could instead end up the worst possible piece of global public relations.
Except, it doesn’t have to be like this. Brazil’s $11bn (£6.6bn) frenzy of overspend and under-build may look from a certain angle like a triumph of the dark arts. But only if we accept the line that the protests against it are some buy canada goose coat online kind of embarrassment, a sign of a nation unprepared and jeopardising, like Yossarian, its rights of freedom and independence by daring to exercise them. Whereas in fact the opposite is true. If Brazil is to move on, this World Cup needs to be seen not as a triumph of Teixeira-ism, but as a dirty, messy, outsized monument to its passing.
Beneath the cocoon of corporate-political interests there is a beautifully pure sporting competition authentic canada goose outlet online buried in there somewhere, a notion of football (don’t laugh) as a property of the people, an example of divine meritocracy at work. This is where Joana Havelange is so utterly, pointedly wrong. Now is the time to protest more, not less. To hold up a banner everywhere in sympathy goose, to raise a glass to the fact Teixeira himself isn’t sitting there in the stands in an oleaginous state of rapture, still getting away with anything. So grab a placard!
And now, finally, let’s get on with the football.