For those who have been living under a rock, the World Cup was held in Brazil this past summer. The tournament was full of fantastic goals and thrilling last-minute drama. The USA squad made a valiant showing, but were ultimately knocked out of the tournament in the round of 16. In the end, the coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy was awarded to Germany. While the action on the pitch was truly enjoyable, a different plot brewed maliciously off the pitch. Although Brazilians are perhaps the most soccer-crazed fans in the world, they were not welcoming of the World Cup. Why? Because of FIFA. Before you read further, watch the below clip from John Oliver:
Scary, right? FIFA is an organization that has been marred with a multitude of negative press in recent years. From corruption to negligence, FIFA has earned a notorious reputation. I want to specifically explore their detrimental presence in Brazil this past summer from the lens of utilitarian ethics. Did FIFA maximize welfare for all the people involved with the World Cup? I will aim to outline the economic and social effects of the Brazil World Cup and FIFA’s role in the situation. My initial research points towards FIFA as the antagonist. They enter nations for the World Cup, shake up the cultural and economic landscape and then disappear having left an indelible mark. FIFA is the puppeteer of nations: they impose their will on defenseless countries for the sake of entertainment.
Below I have included two eBooks that I found through Bucknell’s library resources:
Rinke, S., & Schiller, K. (2014). The FIFA world cup 1930-2010 Wallstein Verlag.
Tomlinson, A. (2014). FIFA (fédération internationale de football association) : The men, the myths and the money Taylor and Francis.