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April 11, 2006

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Rob Byrnes

Esteban Freedomhowler. A name to watch out for.

Malcontent

Let's see, Esteban is Spanish for "Steve," who is the gay lover of Adam in the new flick "Adam and Steve," a film whose box-office performance could also be described as "slow and patient." Hmm.

Josh

You know for Halloween you're going to be Testicalese. And lots of guys are gonna buy you drinks.

Another Gaymer

I've officially reached saturation. May I respectfully ask everyone's genitals to shut up already. It's getting so my other organs can't get a word in edgewise.

Give spleen a chance. Or perhaps, "The Duodenum Letters?" "The Pancreas Conspiracy?" "(A Night At) The Leukocyte Opera?"

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Brazil has a head start. It already has lots of football stadiums, even if many are small or crumbling. China, by contrast, has a dozen sports centres, an underground railway and an airport terminal to complete before the Olympics start. For Brazil, a bigger problem may be getting several hundred thousand foreign tourists safely to the matches in time for theralph lauren outlet kick-off. Its airports are poorly run, and roads clogged. And violent crime is a constant problem.

Any big public project in Brazil provides opportunities for expensive pork-barrel politics in a legislature that can make high drama out of evePolo Ralph Laurenn routine spending bills. As if to illustrate what lies ahead, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's entourage in Zurich, where FIFA made the announcement, included a smattering of ministers and no fewer than 12 state gmbt scarpeovernors. They will all demand a share of the spending. Contracts for big projects in Brazil have been an invitation to collect kickbacks in the past.

Some will hope that the tournament will provide a boost to the domestic game. While hundreds of Brazilian stars ply their trade in Europe, the local football league is a paragon of mismanagement. Federal prosecutors are hovering over Corinthians, one of São Paulo's biggest tory burch outletclubs. They want to speak to Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch based in London, about whether the club was used to launder money.

Total pessimism is unwarranted. Earlier this year the Pan-American Games went off smoothly—albeit way over budget—in Rio de Janeiro. With the economy starting to grow faster, the country is in confident mood.

Football fans will surely be pleased with the choice of Brazil. It has won the tournament five times—more than any other country. Even if its national team is currently not quite at its peak, it still performs. In its last outing it thrashed Ecuakobe vidor 5-0 in Rio's Maracanã stadium. Brazilians will hope, too, that 2014 will at last expunge the memory of the last time they hosted the tournament, in 1950, when in the same stadium they inexplicably lost the final 2-1 to their tiny neighbour, Uruguay (see picture).
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