"We missed an opportunity to show the world what we can do in this country. … Everything was supposed to be ready for the World Cup, but it was a total neglect. I saw recently that they are going to start the bidding processes for (work at) airports in March, three months before the World Cup. It's a joke. We won the bid seven years ago …"
-- Brazil assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title in the USA, is disappointed with the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup and accused the government of missing a huge opportunity to improve conditions for Brazilians. (AP)