FIFA: Brazil can learn from SA
Sao Paulo - Brazil still has work to do in terms of completing its logistical and security jigsaw for the 2014 World Cup, but it can achieve its task by following the example of 2010 hosts South Africa, FIFA said on Wednesday.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, who caused a storm earllier this year by saying the Brazilians needed a "kick up the backside" amid fears that stadium schedules were off beam, said the security issue had also initially hung heavy over preparations for South Africa.
Visiting Sao Paulo, Valcke said that 20 months before the 2010 World Cup "nobody could imagine" that all the security and logistical issues would be ready in time and yet "you have seen at the end that nothing has happened" to prevent the tournament going ahead.
"It was a great success," he reflected, hence Brazil could do the same.
"We have been working quite a lot," added Valcke as he gave a media conference with local organisers including former Brazil stars Ronaldo and Bebeto following his visit to three venues - Curitiba, Rio and Sao Paulo - in recent days.
Ahead of the World Cup, Brazil also host the Confederations Cup in June at six venues, as opposed to the 12 which will see World Cup action.
"I wish for Brazil firstly to play a great Confederations Cup," said Valcke, who also revealed 50 000 complimentary World Cup tickets were being set aside for underprivileged families.