2014 World Cup by the numbers

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2014 World Cup by the numbers

In the last year, over one million Brazilians have protested government misspending, including the $11.5 billion used to prepare for the World Cup. As the tournament opens this Thursday, riot police are cracking down with teargas and pepper spray. Photo: Jit Hoong Ng (flickr). Below, a recent World Cup protest in São Paulo. Photo: Ben Tavener (flickr).

Despite an unmatched passion for soccer, Brazil is racked by unrest as the World Cup opens within its borders this week. Protesters say that the billions spent on the tournament should have been used to improve basic public services, like schools, hospitals, public transportation and housing.

Here’s a look at the numbers. All money amounts in U.S. dollars.

Number of World Cup championship titles won by Brazil, which is the favorite to win this summer: 5

Date Brazil was announced as the 2014 World Cup host, after bidding unopposed: Oct. 30, 2007

Cost of building stadiums, airports and transportation in preparation for the World Cup: $11.5 billion

Percent of that cost that came from public funds: 85

Number of foreign tourists expected to attend the World Cup in Brazil: 600,000

Amount each visitor is expected to spend: $2,500

Amount Brazil has spent per visitor to host the tournament: $18,000

Number of Brazilian stores, bars and shops allowed to use an image of the World Cup mascot not sold by FIFA, the sport’s governing body: 0

Width of the exclusion zone around stadiums within which FIFA controls the movement of people and may forbid the sale of products: 2 kilometers

Number of street vendors in South Africa who lost their incomes during the 2010 World Cup: 100,000

Percent of Brazilians who oppose hosting the World Cup because it takes money from schools, healthcare and other public services: 61

Rank of Brazil, among nations with the highest income inequality: 17

Percent of the Brazilian population below poverty line, defined as living on $2 or less per day: 11

Estimated annual cost of corruption by Brazilian government officials, as a percentage of GDP: 1.4 - 2.3

Public spending on health, as a percentage of GDP: 3.8

Miles of traffic jams in São Paulo recently when subway workers went on strike for higher wages: 125

Amount FIFA will profit from the 2014 World Cup, mainly by selling television and marketing rights: $2 billion

Amount of taxes Brazil waved for FIFA: $250 million

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