Anyone with the notion that FIFA will pull the 2014 World Cup from Brazil and move it to another country -- like, say the United States -- should think
again? FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke
quashed that idea on Monday, though he didn't exactly present the situation in Brazil in the most positive light.
''We are definitely not under [siege]," he said. "There is security."
After nine days of group play, the Confederations Cup -- the World Cup dress rehearsal -- broke Monday and Tuesday
for the semifinals, which begin on Wednesday. Despite protests in the vicinity of Confederations Cup stadiums, tear gas and rubber bullets hurled by police at demonstrators and attacks on FIFA
transport cars, Valcke insisted everything was OK.
''There is no Plan B and, by the way, I have never received any official offer from any other countries around the world to stage the
World Cup in 2014,'' he said.
All the demonstrations outside the stadiums overshadowed worries about the readiness of the six World Cup venues used for the Confederations Cup.
''The country has been able to overcome the challenge of providing the infrastructure, logistics and conditions for the matches to be held in the stadia in accordance with the requirements of this
cup, in terms of comfort and security,'' Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo
said. ''And, I believe, everything will operate well for us to reach the final on Sunday
with the conditions right for the country to offer to the world the idea that, in 2014, Brazil will be able to hold the World Cup based on the expectations of our country and the world.''