Curitiba faces difficult birth

[WORLD CUP 2014 COUNTDOWN] How bad are things in Curitiba? Construction at Arena da Baixada is so slow FIFA may have to take the drastic step of dropping it for the World Cup.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke held out hope the stadium will be ready, but he gave organizers until Feb. 18 to show it will be finished in time.

''For the time being,'' Valcke told a news conference on Tuesday, "I trust that the decisions that have been made today will give us Curitiba as one of the host cities. It will be a difficult birth, but at the end we will have a baby.''



Brazil deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes admitted the pace of work was so slow the stadium would not be ready in time if it continued at the current rate.

Curitiba is scheduled to host four first-round games: Iran-Nigeria June 16, Ecuador-Honduras June 20, Spain-Australia June 23 and Algeria-Russia June 26.

The stadium seats 45,000 fans and has a retractable roof.

1 comment about "Curitiba faces difficult birth".
  1. Allan Lindh, January 22, 2014 at 1:44 p.m.

    Hope someone's working on a backup plan. The US and Mexico could step in and host a world class WC, Brazil has too many potential catastrophes looming between now and the first match.

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