The 2014 World Cup kicks off in Brazil on June 12 with an estimated 1 billion soccer fans across the globe expected to watch. But a Pew Research Center poll finds that 61 percent of Brazilians think hosting the event is bad for the country, and shifts money away from health care, schools and other public services. There are also concerns that ongoing strikes by public transport workers and protests by Brazilians upset over the event's high cost could escalate and disrupt the games.
Brazilian Protests Continue on Eve of World Cup
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Roger Kittleson, professor of history at Williams College and author of "The Country of Football: Soccer and the Making of Modern Brazil"
Tales Azzoni, sports writer for the Associated Press
Katy Watson, business reporter for BBC South America