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Last week you did an article on Argentina's 2014 qualification campaign after effie game against Venezuela, what did you make of there performance in the 1-1 draw against Bolivia at La Paz. Do you think they have become more resilient especially when you consider their last result at La Paz during the previous world cup qualification campaign
I am sure there is no reason to worry in any way for 2014 considering that there are another 12 of these rushing to be completed this year or the next... One modicum of relief is that they aren't all being built from scratch... Andre Kfouri's comments are certainly interesting, too - it sometimes seems difficult to find any negative publicity WITHIN Brazil - you need to know who to read I suppose!
98. the club's responsibility was maintenance, not structural problems. This will come from the public purse. The original construction co pulled out late - the replacement had a clause in the contract whereby it could only be held responsible for poor execution, not for a poor project, which would appear to be the cause in this case. It just gets worse!
@Tim: At the moment would they technically be the ones left needing to pay for the current repairs? It seems a complicated arrangement they have in place at the moment. I can't find the details, but as they have to give it up for certain events does that imply that perhaps the state has retained some form of ownership too?
96 - the stadium is due to have capacity increased behind the goals. The long term future of the place is in doubt, though. Botafogo are thinking about leaving it.
@94. Mike84400: Apparently the plan for the capacity was an increase to 60,000 in time for the Olympics - whether this is affected by the current issues is unclear, possibly not, as there have been issues with the stadium for years. It is also unclear whether Botafogo (the club selected to run the stadium) would have to stump up for the works, an idea it would appear they are less than happy with!
My final point on the matter, to Tim. Being of a younger generation, my wife and her friends tend to use the word absolutely interchangeably with "estrangeiro". I can understand that some may use this as an insult, but I would appreciate if in future you wouldn't insinuate (as you have) that she may be ignorant (let alone fascistic!). She married a gringo, for one! I simply expected more from you!
Has been an excellent discussion. Going back to the stadium, what does surprise me is the capacity. 46k seems small for an Olympic stadium. Was/is it due to be increased in size?Following on to another comment, will links to previous blogs be available, I've missed a few but always used to be able to go to tims page.
I am sorry for my part in this too! To bring in a football-related matter (alongside the excellent mention of Suarez incident), this does sort of bring to mind the issue of Spurs fans no longer being allowed to call themselves the Y** army. That's a word I certainly don't agree with.Meanwhile the stadium situation appears to have slipped from the headlines once again here...
91 - no apology needed. You enriched it.
Sorry for completely ****ing up this thread. :/
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