One million foreign tourists visited the country and 95% of them said they intend to return. Three million Brazilian tourists travelled around the country. There was an influx of 16.7 million passengers at airports, which presented delay rates lower than the international average. A total of 3.4 million people attended matches at the stadium, while another 5 million went to the Fan Fests. A total of 177,002 public security, defence and intelligence personnel were deployed. These are some of the figures presented by the Brazilian federal government as part of an assessment covering organisation related actions for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
At the National Integrated Command and Control Centre (CICC), President Dilma Rousseff and her ministers outlined an investment panorama that had repercussions on the event and that will remain behind as legacy for the country. According to the president, the data indicate that Brazil showed to be capable of ensuring infrastructure, security, telecommunications and appropriate services to tourists, national squads and heads of states who attended the event.
For the president, negative predictions like fears that the grounds would not be ready on time and airport capacity were overcome. “We were saying that we would host the World Cup of World Cups. Indeed, we staged the World Cup of World Cups. We had one problem, our match against Germany. However, I believe that we can overcome anything in life. (...) We beat the pessimistic predictions and hosted the World Cup of World Cups with the immense and wonderful contribution of our people”, she stated.
By integrating federal and state law enforcement agencies, plus the armed forces, the country deployed the highest number of officers ever seen at a sporting event. In total, 177 thousand agents were deployed and R$ 1.9 billion invested in equipment and training courses. Fifteen Integrated Command and Control Centres were set up (12 regional, 2 national and an International Police Cooperation Centre).
States were given 27 Mobile Command and Control Centres (lorries equipped for monitoring activities), in addition to 12 aerial imaging devices (installed on helicopters, able to record and transmit images in real time to and from the control centres), bomb robots and 36 elevated observation decks (with 12 high resolution cameras able to record, treat and transmit images). During the World Cup, the 15 centres worked 24/7. The cities will inherit the structure.
The Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo stated that he was always optimistic about Brazil’s potential. “This was not just based on faith and trust in the country. We had a strict plan in place to follow up the construction works of stadiums. We controlled every delivery step of each ground. Since the Confederations Cup, I would visit one of the host cities every three months. Then, these visits starting taking place every month. Therefore, we had a buffer zone in relation to what was being done", he said. “The World Cup as a sporting event is a success. It was praised by all managers, from Germany's winning coach, to those who crashed out in the group stage, like Fabio Capello, Russia’s boss”, he added.
For the Minister of External relations Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, the World Cup legacy will have a lasting effect for Brazil's image abroad. “We're one of the few countries able to stage such a complex event, providing quality infrastructure and organisation, with such a wonderful people, who welcomed everyone so well”, stated Luiz Alberto Figueiredo.
“We lost the trophy, but Brazil won the World Cup. Brazil showed that they know how to win, lose, host and celebrate peace with respect and a 'make yourself at home' atmosphere that won the world over. This celebration of world football will forever be embedded in memory, showing an image of what we are as a people and society”, said Chief of Staff Aloísio Mercadante.