Do Brazilians even want soccer anymore?

A small group of demonstrators hold a protest as they wait for the arrival of the Japan team bus for a Japan training session held at Walter Riberio Stadium on June 8, 2014

With the World Cup kicking off in Brazil today, many commentators have questioned the state of Brazil’s economy, considering the costs associated with the soccer championship.

Click on the audio player above to hear a discussion about the economics underlying the competition with Adolfo Laurenti, Chief International Economist at Mesirow Financial, and Leon Krauze, Univision News Anchor.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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