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
The World Cup Countdown: Itaquerao roof unfinished
by Paul Kennedy, May 16th, 2014 7:12PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  russia, world cup 2014

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL 2014] Earlier this year, FIFA general secretary general Jerome Valcke said there was not a minute to waste to get Sao Paulo's stadium ready for the World Cup opener on June 12, but even that won't have been enough. The roof at the Itaquerao won't be completed until after the World Cup.

Construction firm Odebrecht confirmed Friday to AP that there isn't enough time to install the glass covers to the sides of the stadium's roofing structure, so the decision was made to postpone the work until after the finals.

The missing covers, which won't affect fans viewing of matches, were just one of the issues still unresolved at the Sao Paulo stadium.

Temporary seats -- 20,000 in all -- still need to be installed, and contractors averted a shutdown Friday when all health and safety issues were addressed with prosecutors.

Now, that would affect the viewing enjoyment of fans ...



Falcao update

'I WILL BE SENSIBLE.' Colombia star Radamel Falcao still hopes to be recovered from the knee injury that has sidelined since January, but be says he won't so anything foolish.

World Cup: Warmup Schedule

"In the coming weeks the decision will be made," Falcao told Spanish sports daily Marca. "I have been battling for many months now and working well. The knee is recovering without a setback, but all is still to be evaluated. I am hitting the ball now and have felt good. But that is one thing, just touching the ball. Another thing is to rejoin the group with maximum professional demands, these are different questions. This second level is where my knee must be able to respond adequately. To arrive 100 percent match-fit will be impossible, because I am lacking competitive action. To sum up, if it feels good, I will go. If I see that I am not secure and I cannot bring anything, I will be sensible and not go."

Roster Updates ...

RUSSIAN CUTS. Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, the lone foreign-based player, on Russia's 30-player World Cup squad was cut on Friday.

"I am a bit shocked and didn't believe that I had been excluded from the squad," said Pogrebnyak in an interview with Sovetsky Sport. Perhaps the bigger surprise was the striker was in the squad in the first place. He had not played for Russia since Euro 2012.

Also players on the first list were Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexey Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Bystrov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Yury Gazinskiy (Krasnodar) and Artem Dzyuba (Rostov). Forward Denis Cheryshev will train but not travel to Brazil.

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | Croatia (30) | Mexico (23)
Group B: Australia (30) | Chile (30) | Netherlands (30) | Spain (30)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | Greece (29) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | Italy (30) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: Argentina (30) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | Iran (28) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | Ghana (26) | Portugal (30) | USA (30)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | South Korea (23)


No comments yet.

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




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Haji Wright strikes as U.S. U-17s down T&T     
Haji Wright, the USA's leading scorer coming into the Concacaf U-17 Championship, got his first goal ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 girls kick off new cycle    
The U.S. U-15 girls national team convenes March 14-21 at U.S. Soccer National Training Center in ...
Edwards replaces longtime exec Holt as USL president    
Tim Holt, who spent the last 16 years at the United Soccer League, the last six ...
Roster: U.S. U-16 boys to play in Dutch tourney     
The U.S. U-16 boys national team will play in the Netherlands International Tournament in Rotterdam, facing ...
Roster: U.S. U-15 boys head to Florida camp    
Coach John Hackworth has named a 36-player roster for a March 7-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ...
Man City-Barca breaks FS1 viewing record    
Last Tuesday's Manchester City-Barcelona match set a new viewing record for a UEFA Champions League match ...
Bocanegra joins MLS Atlanta as technical director    
Former U.S. national team captain Carlos Bocanegra, who retired as a player following the 2014 season, ...
MLS labor talks going down to wire    
K Street, home to many Washington lobbying firms, generally has a negative connotation, but soccer fans ...
Past national team stars head Hall of Fame ballot    
Tiffeny Milbrett, a 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 1999 Women's World Cup champion, two-time gold-medalist Lindsay ...
What They're Saying: Third Rail's Brian Toto    
"We'll see if something develops between NYC and the Red Bulls, but right now, I don't ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives