The Deputy sports Minister of Brazil has said that he is confident that stadiums will not only be ready for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but also for the 2013 FIFA Confederations cup as well. This will be holding the 2013 FIFA Confederations cup as a precursor to the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, there has been a real lack of development in the infrastructure within the country, while the stadiums are also only now being completed. The Deputy sports Minister, though, expressed his confidence that the stadiums will be ready in time to host these events.
A total of six cities will be hosting the 2013 FIFA Confederations cup and most of the stadiums are being renovated or being built from scratch. The national teams of Spain, Japan, Italy, Mexico, Tahiti and Uruguay will be landing in Brazil for this competition. The host nation Brazil will also be part of this tournament. The confederations cup will be held from June 15 to June 30. Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador is causing the biggest worry because the 56,000 seater capacity stadium is yet to be completed with only a few months remaining for the competition.
“These are complex operations, but we’re more than confident — absolutely sure — they’ll be built in time. Soccer is the king sport in Brazil, and Brazil is a world power in soccer, but the team didn’t deliver at the decisive moment. It was a national trauma and we need to overcome it. We really do hope to win the World Cup. Only three people have ever silenced 200,000 people at Maracanã with a single gesture: Frank Sinatra, Pope John Paul II and I,” said the deputy sports Minister of Brazil, Fernandes. Fernandes expressed his disappointment of Brazil not being able to win the Olympic gold medal.
Brazilian legend Romario has said that there is every chance that Brazil could not be ready for hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Brazil have been chosen as the 2014 FIFA World Cup hosts without any competition from the other South American countries.
As a result, there has been a notion that Brazil are not too concerned about the World Cup and that feeling slightly overconfident about their prospects of hosting the world’s most watched tournament. It has been only a few months ago that Brazil started full-fledged actions to complete the stadiums proposed for the World Cup. Aside from the stadiums, the biggest worry with Brazil is the ability to provide transport to all the fans arriving from all over the world.
Brazilian transportation is certainly not capable of handling the amount of volume that it will receive during the World Cup. It is something that has been stressed by a number of people concerned about the quality of the World Cup. Romario has been the latest player to criticise the slow actions by the Brazilian government towards organising everything for the 2014 World Cup. It is estimated that the 2014 World Cup will cost Brazil around $55 million, which is going to be extremely massive even for an economy that is growing as big as Brazil.
“I think that Brazil won’t be 100% ready. Of the 12 stadiums [that are to stage World Cup events] maybe 10 will be ready. As to work on public transportation, none of the cities involved will be able to complete it fully,” Romario told magazine Istoe. Even though his comments are expected to receive a number of criticisms from the government officials, Romario has said that Brazil need to work a lot faster in order to make the 2014 World Cup a memorable one.