Happy New Year! We are happy to be back in Philadelphia and the NSCAA convention as we begin our 36th year of publishing Southern Soccer Scene. We are please to report that 2013 was an outstanding year for our publication as we expanded what we offer our readers with a new dynamic website that was launched at the NSCAA convention a year ago in Indianapolis.
We also began creating a digital version of each monthly issue, which is provided to subscribers by email, in addition to their printed copies that are mailed each month. Back copies of the digital versions are available free on our website.
We also began to reach out to the soccer community by way of Twitter and welcome everyone to follow us @southernSOC
Southern Soccer Scene continues to focus attention on Soccer In The Southeast USA, but our web presence extends our footprint nationally. especially in the lower Middle Atlantic region.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Southern Soccer Scene which many of you are receiving at the NSCAA convention in your registration bags. We hope you will decide to receive Southern Soccer Scene each month by way of a subscription. You may choose to subscribe online www.southernsoccrscene.com or with the coupon on Page 31 of this issue. Best wishes for a great 2014!
Blatter Rips Brazil
With only six months to go before World Cup 2014, the stadium situation in Brazil continues to crawl along. Recently FIFA President Sepp Blatter ripped the Brazil organizers, saying the South Amrican nation is further behind than any other country has been during his time with FIFA.
Only six of the 12 World Cup stadiums are complete. In the early stages of constuction, Brazil was hampered by worker strikes as over a million people took to the streets, first complaining about higher bus fares, corruption and public services, but the protests grew to include the billions of dollars being spend on the World Cup and the 2016 Olymics in Rio de Janeiro.
A construction crane crash in November did considerable damage to the stadium in Sao Paulo, which is suppose to host the opening match. The accident resulted in the death of two workers. It has been reported that Brazil will spend in excess of $400 billion on improving its ageing infrastructure, unrelated to the World Cup. The ticket for stadium construction has grown to over $3.5 billion.
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