However, some Brazilians are starting to question if the government can live up to that lofty image and, if not, what exactly they will gain from the events other than a few weeks of fun.
That is particularly the case with the World Cup, which will take place in a dozen Brazilian cities over four weeks. Five years after Brazil was chosen to host the event, officials have yet to declare how much it will all cost.
The preliminary price tag was set at 27.1 billion reais (around $13.5 billion at today’s exchange rate), but does not include spending in sectors such as policing, telecommunications, and accommodation.
Officials claim there will be a dozen new stadiums and that they are all on schedule. Critics say almost all are over budget and are being built either with public money or government loans at preferential rates. At least four of them will be white elephants after the tournament, according to the government’s own Audits Court.
Even more worrying is the promised improvements in transport infrastructure.
Authorities promised the World Cup would bring a widespread extension and modernization of metro lines, bus lanes, highways, and most crucially, airports.
Some 10,000 new cars are driven off auto dealer lots every day in Brazil. And the number of air travelers has jumped around 10 percent each year since the middle of the last decade, according to Brazil’s civil aviation authority Anac.
Yet existing infrastructure has not been expanded to cope with the rise in demand and authorities are now acknowledging it might not.