WORLD CUP: FIFA BACK IN BRAZIL. NOT A MINUTE TO LOSE

And Jerome Valcke is back in Brazil. Still looking slightly exasperated. It began yesterday the latest round of inspection of the venues. In the group , the Brazilian Minister for Sports Aldo Rebelo , members of the Board of Directors of the Local Organising Committee ( LOC) , former players Bebeto and Ronaldo, and  FIFA’s general secretary Jerome Valcke . The latter had to make a huge effort to hide his frustration . He stated :

a portrait of Jeromee Valcke

Jerome Valcke

” It is not that we can not lose one more day . We can not lose one more minute” – said Valcke. .

The Cortinhians stadium in São Paulo , which will host the opening of the World Cup, on June 12th , had his test event postponed one day. From 17th to 18th May . And the Arena should not have its  maximum capacity . The Corinthians has set out for sale only 50,000 of the 68,000 places expected to accommodate when ready. ” I am not a dreamer . Itaquerão will be ready at the last minute,” said the general secretary of Fifa .

Ronaldo chose not to speak at the beginning and later explained that, at this stage, t is not up to him to give opinion about technical issues . He focused on the aesthetics of the stadium. ” It looks really fantastic. I participated early on, also motivating Andres ( Sanchez ) to build it for the Corinthians fans . I am very happy to be here and know that I was part of the realisation of this dream”.  Late yesterday afternoon,  the  entourage went to Curitiba to inspect the Arena da Baixada .

Today, they will inspect  Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá, and tomorrow will be the turn of  the Landfill Iracema in Fortaleza, where the FIFA Fan Fest will take place in Fortaleza during the World.

The World Cup venues will be delivered to FIFA from May 21st . In the case of Maracanã , the Pernambuco Arena and the Arena Fonte Nova , have also published the dates from which  the entity will no longer manage them .The Maracana will be under FIFA’s management until 18th of July. The Arena Fonte Nova until July 11th and the Arena Pernambuco until 04 / 07 .

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