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FIFA: Brazil can learn from SA

2012-11-28 22:12

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.

AFP

Comments
  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-11-28 22:21

    Hope Brazil have learned not to build any "WC" toll-roads.

      piet.motsoeneng - 2012-11-28 22:34

      lol....good one!

  • iYesssss - 2012-11-29 00:21

    Yes Brazil. Learn from SA how they were forced to build stadiums that are now white elephants. Learn from SA that FIFA will con the service providers such as vehicle rentals companies, accommodations, food outlets etc. to meet a strict cryteria that will force them to spend an absolute fortune with little or no return. Accommodations had to hand over their bookings to FIFA only to have it returned a month before with little or no bookings. Learn from SA that the only one to score profit is FIFA, leaving already financially burdened countries with more debt and sore chappies from the abuse. Learn from SA that the only ones who benifit from being a host country are the corrupt polititians and their cronies who have their palms greased.

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