World Cup 2014 – Protesting with Paint

Following the energetic and often hyperbolic in-game commentary during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it would seem that this tournament has been among the most successful and entertaining for many years, providing adrenaline filled drama for millions of viewers around the world. However, as has been well documented in the media, not everyone has shared the same opinion, with mass protests filling the streets of most Brazilian cities long before the first kick-off.

Much of the anger has been directed at FIFA and the Brazilian government and, alongside the rather unsavoury ticket touting scandal, much has been written and reported about the short comings of this supposed footballing celebration. Some of these reports have detailed how protests have turned violent, however, there has been another, much more subtle way for people to get their message to the masses.

Graffiti Goals

World Cup inspired art and photography, such as the posters and prints found here at, rarely fails to impress. This year, lining the streets of most Brazilian cities, it has taken on a visceral and politically accute tone. Browsing through the streeet art, a viewer is instantly drawn to the anti-FIFA sentiment displayed. From parodies of the official mascot, Fuleco, to more disturbing images of jersey wearing children held at gunpoint, the message is clear.

Whilst not wishing to take anything away from the football, which has bought millions together and created both joy and pain in a truly dramatic sense, it is clear that both FIFA and the organising nations of future tournaments have plenty to think about. It seems that the game is loved by many, however, the elite who make millions of dollars at the expense of the less privileged are not addressing the issue. The World Cup should be a celebration of football, not another opportunity to widen the wealth gap.

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