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
FIFA exec tours Brazil World Cup cities
AP, August 28th, 2012 3:10PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  world cup 2022

MOST COMMENTED

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, whose criticism of 2014 World Cup preparations angered Brazilian officials earlier this year, is back in the country to continue his tour of host cities. Valcke is scheduled to visit Manaus on Tuesday and the western city of Cuiaba on Wednesday. He will then meet with organizing officials Thursday in Rio de Janeiro.

"The visits are very important not only to see the stadiums and the general infrastructure progress but also to be able to discuss with the host cities and states representatives our joint mission, as they are providing the essential playing field for the teams and their fans," Valcke said.

The secretary general visited Recife, Natal and Brasilia in June, and Salvador and Fortaleza in January. He is expected to visit all 12 venues before the end of the year.

2002 World Cup winner Ronaldo and sports ministry official Luis Fernandes will be accompanying Valcke in this week's tour. In Manaus, they will meet with local government officials and visit the 44,000-capacity Amazon Arena, which will host four group-stage matches and is expected to be ready by mid-2013. Located in the Amazon rain forest, the northwestern city is one of the most isolated among the 12 World Cup venues and will present significant logistical issues.

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
Report: NYCFC Eyes Queens Stadium    
New York City FC is considering building its stadium near the Acqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Capital ...
Ronaldo on Track to Break European Scoring Records    
If he remains injury-free this season, Cristiano Ronaldo should become the all-time leading scorer in both ...
Jardim: Monaco "Superior" in UCL Opener    
Leanardo Jardim hailed AS Monaco's "superior" display in Tuesday's 1-0 win against Bundesliga giant Bayer Leverkusen ...
Rodgers: 'Balotelli Needs to Stay in the Box'    
Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers said that Mario Balotelli needs to stay in the penalty area more ...
Casillas Booed at Home    
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he didn't hear the sections of the Bernabeu crowd that ...
'Perfect' Dortmund Brushes Gunners Aside    
Borussia Dortmund cruised to a 2-0 win against Premier League giant Arsenal in the opening game ...
Simeone: Atletico Spurned Chances in UCL Loss    
Spanish champ Atletico Madrid on Tuesday slumped to a surprise 3-2 defeat at Olympiakos on the ...
Johnson Steps Down as Fox's Lead Soccer Broadcaster     
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gus Johnson reveals that he will no longer be Fox's ...
Barca Names Training Field After Vilanova     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that a field at the club's training ground would be named after ...
Bayern Injury Crisis Ahead of City Visit     
Bayern Munich is struggling with injury concerns ahead of its UEFA Champions League home opener against ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives