Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Brazil Stadium Collapse Calls 2014 into Question
Associated Press, November 28th, 2007 5PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

FIFA, soccer's world governing body, tried to downplay the significance of a stadium collapse in Brazil over the weekend, but the incident left the world's press wondering about the country's suitability for hosting the World Cup in 2014. At the very least, the collapse, which killed seven and injured 40, is an indication of the amount of work that lies ahead of Brazil prior to hosting the world's biggest sporting event.

"The challenge is huge in Brazil," Alexandre Massura, a World Cup facilities consultant said following the incident. "The last venue built was 50 years ago, and by 2014 we have to give the world 12 new facilities." Massura, speaking from the Soccerex conference on business and soccer in Johannesburg, added that new stadiums would help Brazilian clubs recoup more revenue. "Talented players in Brazil should not be the prime, or the only, revenue stream for clubs or teams. New infrastructure, new buildings and alternative revenue is what is needed," he said.

The victims of Sunday's calamity, on hand to watch a Brazilian Third Division game at the Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, fell 49 feet through a 10-foot wide hole that opened in the stadium's concrete stands. Ironically, FIFA last week issued a report on Brazil's stadia stating that the five-time World Cup champion could put on an "exceptional" tournament. Though Fonte Nova is not on the preliminary list of 18 stadiums that could be used for the 2014 tournament, the collapse won't do FIFA or Brazil any PR favors, as the country was controversially uncontested in winning the bid.

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
High school vs. club debate rages in New Jersey    
High school vs. club has long been an issue on the boys side, culminating with the ...
Man United's Falcao Out Two Weeks    
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for another two weeks with a "new injury", ...
Arsenal's Injury Woes Ahead of Man United Clash     
While much has been made of the injury crisis facing Manchester United coach Louis van Gaal, ...
Bolton Coach Fumes at Klinsmann    
Bolton Wanderers coach Neil Lennon on Friday slammed USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann for what he called ...
Liverpool Investigates Sturridge Injury    
Liverpool has opened an investigation into Daniel Sturridge's persistent injury problems after the striker suffered yet ...
Report: Messi Could Leave Barca over Tax Threat     
According to unnamed sources cited by Spanish newspaper El Confidencial, Lionel Messi may leave Barcelona due ...
Chelsea's Costa 'Totally Recovered' From Injury    
Jose Mourinho on Friday revealed that star striker Diego Costa, who missed Spain's 3-0 win against ...
Klopp Hints at Reus Departure     
Jurgen Klopp admitted that he is powerless to keep Marco Reus at Borussia Dortmund, and hinted ...
Report: Blind Injury Not as Bad as Feared     
Manchester United on Thursday was boosted by the news that defender Daley Blind will be out ...
Parma Deducted Points for Missing Payments    
Serie A club Parma will be deducted between one and six points this season for failing ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives