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GOALLLL! The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Side of the Beautiful Game


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Maracanã_stadiumAs Brazil prepares to host the 2014 soccer World Cup many are questioning the economic, environmental, and social cost of this sporting mega-event.

From soccer ball manufacturing in Pakistan, to forced evictions in Brazil to make way for World Cup infrastructure, who wins, when the World Cup comes to town? On this edition of Making Contact, we take a closer look at the good, the bad, and the ugly side of the “beautiful game.”


  • Dave Zirin, author “Brazil’s Dance With the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy”
  • Mohammad Idrees and Ghafoor Husain, soccer ball workers
  • Safdar Sanda, soccer ball factory owner
  • Sarfraz Bashir, chairman of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce
  • Santiago Halty, founder Senda Athletics
  • Nasir Dogar, chief executive Independent Monitoring Association for Child Labor
  • Djani da Silva,resident of Camarigibe
  • Ana Ramalho  professor of urban planning and architecture at the Federal University of Pernambuco

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