Brazil in FIFA World Cup
MARE, Brazil - In Mare, Brazil, last year's World Cup still evokes happy memories. Its normally drab alleyways and ramshackle homes were painted a dazzling yellow and green. Brazil's matches were accompanied by beer and barbecues; each victory was greeted with dancing and the sound of samba long into the night.
Even the guns fell silent. The three gangs that control this favela of 130, 000 residents close to Rio de Janeiro's city airport called a truce for the duration of the tournament.
"It was a great party, and Mare became a really happy and fun place, " Eder Micaelly, a local football coach, told ESPN FC. "But that's all it was - a one-month party. Nothing good came out of the World Cup for us."
As Brazil marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the 2014 World Cup, it looks back on a tournament that generated high-octane action on the pitch and record profits of $2.6 billion for FIFA, according to its financial report.
Both the world football's governing body and the Brazilian organisers promised the legacy of the tournament would be more than just a cash windfall and improved facilities. In total, five new stadiums were constructedfrom scratch and another seven were renovated.
Apart from the Maracana, the renovated stadiums were: Estadio das Dunas, Natal; Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte; Estadio Castelao, Fortaleza; Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador; Estadio da Baixada, Curitiba; and Estadio Beira-Rio, Porto Alegre.
Although the World Cup venues have struggled financially and suffer from poor attendance, what has drawn less attention is the tournament's human legacy.
FIFA's $100 million World Cup legacy fund is designed to benefit communities such as those in Mare by providing new facilities and football-based programmes to tackle chronic social problems.Eder Micaelly, in the background at right, is unhappy with Brazil's World Cup legacy.
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