Brazilian street art creatively illustrates the country's mixed feelings as World Cup host

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle
The wall of a public school in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)


The wall of a public school in Sao Paulo. (Photo by Victor Moriyama/Getty Images)

With the World Cup just two weeks away, support for hosting the tournament has hit a new low in Brazil, dropping from over 75 percent of residents in 2008 to just 48 percent now. The mass protests that began during last summer's Confederations Cup have continued as resentment over government spending on sporting events instead of necessities like healthcare, transportation and housing holds firm. Still, Brazil remains a country with a deep love for football and the resulting mix with the now rampant discontent has produced some inspired and passionate street art.

Here are some examples...

2014 World Cup mascot Tatubola and Ronaldo, who served on the tournament's woefully ineffective organizing committee and appears to be depicted as a pig man, smoke cigars on the wall of the Maracana metro station nearest the famous Maracana Stadium (which will host the final).

A poster in Rio de Janeiro depicting Neymar wearing a crown and holding a gun with a flower in it over the national team's crest (which appears to be bleeding). The words at the top are a quote from Napoleon. "The most dangerous moment comes with victory."

A mural of Neymar in Rio that's been vandalized by anarchist group Black Bloc to show him wearing a hood as they do. The Nike swoosh on his shirt has also been crossed out.

On a lighter note, Neymar is depicted kissing the Maracanazo — the ghost of Uruguay's devastating 1950 World Cup win over Brazil at the Maracana — goodbye.

Brazil manager Phil Scolari depicted with a banana and surrounded by Neymar, Dani Alves and Leo Messi under the words "we are all the same" — a reference to the banana that was thrown at Alves during a match in Spain and the ensuing social media campaign last month.

A Brazil shirt drawn on a street that reads "Health 0."

Cafu holds the World Cup trophy on a wall of the Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo.

More works can be seen here.

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Brooks Peck is the editor of Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow on Twitter!

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