Brazil Promises First World Stadiums For World Cup 2014
By Dialogo January 29, 2009Looking forward to the cup. Let's hope they are able to get good facilities in place! Glad to see that they are looking ahead to the 2014 cup already! Brazil has promised to offer comfortable and safe stadiums for local and foreign fans at the World Cup in 2014, the government said today in a meeting with FIFA President Joseph Blatter. The main authority in worldwide soccer met this morning with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the country’s capital city, Brasilia, to discuss the World Cup organization. In an informal meeting, Blatter gave Lula a small FIFA flag “to acknowledge his contribution to soccer.” They also posed for photos. This week, Blatter is visiting Brazil to inspect the cities that might become the venue for the World Cup 2014; however, he did not voice his opinion about which of the 17 options could be in the final list of 12. Sports Minister Orlando Silva said after Lula and Blatter’s meeting that Brazil sees the World Cup as an extra opportunity to maintain economic activity in the middle of the global crisis. The next step is an inspection which will be done by FIFA’s technical commission, which will evaluate the projects presented by each of the candidate cities, said the minister, acting as spokesman for the meeting. “There are 17 candidate cities, and so far none of them has all the necessary requirements,” said Silva in a live interview with Brazilian news channel “Globonews.” “They are all ready to present their plans,” and now it must be decided which ones will be the 12 venues where, in 2014, “Brazil could host the best World Cup of all time,” he said. Among the candidate cities, Sao Paulo has been nominated to host the opening match, and Río de Janeiro to host the closing match, he said. “This is going to be a great opportunity for Brazil to renovate or build a state-of-the-art network of stadiums that will be comfortable and safe for fans and visitors,” he said. He reaffirmed that Lula told Blatter that the stadiums must be private investments in association with municipal governments in the venue cities. For the Brazilian government, the World Cup and its preparation are very important to keep up Brazil’s growth rate and create jobs. “It is going to be a party” no matter which cities are selected, Silva said. The FIFA had initially decided that only 10 Brazilian cities would be selected as venues; however, at the request of the Brazilian Football Confederation, the number was increased. Candidate cities include: Porto Alegre, Florianópolis, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Goiania, Campo Grande, Cuiabá, Río Branco, Manaos, Belen, Salvador, Recife, Natal y Fortaleza, Río, and Sao Paulo. “After organizing the 1950 World Cup, it is an honor to be able to organize the 2014 World Cup in a country that is so enthusiastic about soccer. Brazil is more than a country; it is a subcontinent, and it will have the opportunity to represent the Cup in 12 venues,” said Blatter on Wednesday in Sao Paulo.