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Drink of the Day: Beer

Brazil's cities may be required to introduce beer back into soccer stadiums for the World Cup

Brazil's soccer cities better begin rebuilding their booze infrastructure. FIFA has ruled that the country must serve alcohol in stadiums at the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil's soccer stadiums have been without alcohol since 2003, after one too many violent outburst between rival fans. The country's health minister has urged Brazil's congress to maintain the ban, and FIFA officials are not pleased. At a press briefing in Rio, General Secretary Jerome Valcke told reporters:

"Alcoholic drinks are part of the Fifa World Cup, so we're going to have them. Excuse me if I sound a bit arrogant but that's something we won't negotiate," he said.

And beer isn't the only thing Valcke is worried about. He also criticized the pace of construction, noting that not a single stadium is finished yet. And he wondered whether the country did not yet have enough infrastructure to host the influx of tourists it'll see.


About the Author

  • Amanda Erickson is a former senior associate editor at CityLab.