Maybe, in the months to come, there will be the quiet, sober reflection that football means too much in Brazil.
A successful World Cup could create a mood of general contentment that might yet carry Rousseff to an election victory later this year.
Brazil tends to eclipse the very land whose colonial undertakings shaped it and gave birth to it – Portugal.
The nationwide protests of the summer have mostly petered out, but Brazil's police and government still have a lot to answer for.
Brazil is one of the world’s emerging powers, host of the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. So why is the middle class increasingly angry?
In a country that loves football, not even the great Pelé was able to appease the protesters.
South Africa has become a major transit-point for the drugs trade, some of which is destined for Britain.
GQ's Dylan Jones gets out and about.