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
Blatter Blasts Brazil World Cup Preparations
ESPN FC, January 6th, 2014 1:44PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil, fifa, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

In an interview with the Swiss press, FIFA President Sepp Blatter blasted Brazil over its World Cup preparations as six of the nation’s 12 home stadiums failed to meet the world governing body’s Dec. 31 deadline. In fact, three of the uncompleted stadiums are not likely to be finished until April, including the Itaquera Arena in Sao Paulo, which hosts the opening match between Brazil and Croatia.

“No country has been so far behind in its preparations since I have been at FIFA even though it is the only host nation which has had so much time -- seven years -- in which to prepare,” the FIFA boss told Swiss paper 24 Hueres. When asked if Brazil understood the scale of the work involved in hosting a World Cup, he said: “No. Brazil has just found out what it means and has started work much too late.”

Blatter also remarked that he expects this summer’s tournament to feature protests similar to those organized by the Brazilian public during last summer’s Confederations Cup.  “I am an optimist not a pessimist. So I am not worried,” he said. “But we do know there will again be manifestations, protests. Those during the Confederations Cup -- in this same country -- were generated out of the social networks. There was no specific goal but during the World Cup the protests will perhaps be more concrete, more organized. But I also believe the football will be safe, I do not believe that Brazilians will attack the football directly. For them, it's a religion.”

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
Borussia Dortmund Enters Break at Bottom    
Borussia Dortmund, German champion in 2011 and 2012, enters the Bundesliga winter break tied for last ...
Eric Abidal Bids Adieu    
Former France international defender Eric Abidal played his last official game Saturday as his Olympiakos team ...
The price of being an EPL mascot    
Just how do those adorable boys and girls who hold hands with their favorite stars and ...
World Champs Sell 3 Million Jerseys    
Adidas announced it has sold more than three million Germany national team replica jerseys shirts in ...
Freddy Adu Leaves Serbian Club    
Orlando City Signs Shea     
New MLS club Orlando City on Friday announced the signing of U.S. national team midfielder Brek ...
Report: Juve Eyes January Move for Falcao     
According to Italian soccer site Calciomercato, Manchester United may consider getting second-choice striker Radamel Falcao's huge ...
Reus Fined $665K for Driving without a License    
Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus has been handed one of the biggest driving fines in German ...
Balotelli Receives One-Game Ban, Fine for Instagram Post    
Mario Balotelli received a one game ban and a fine of 25,000 pounds after being found ...
Robbie Rogers: FIFA 'Insane' to Host World Cup in Russia, Qatar    
LA Galaxy left back Robbie Rogers has spoken out about FIFA's decision to stage the next ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives