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Brazil gets World Cup preparation nod

01-21-2012 09:53 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan.20 (Xinhua) -- After his visit to Brazil to inspect the country's progression towards the 2014 World Cup, FIFA's Secretary-General Jerome Valcke praised Brazil on Friday.

Valcke came to Brazil on a routine inspection escorted by Brazil's head of the local organizing committee (LOC) Ronaldo. Valcke described the visit as a pleasure, adding that it's a privilege to walk next to Ronaldo, still the record holder for most goals scored in World Cup history with 16.

Valcke confirmed the stadiums visited were all within the expected timelines and said that every single person working on the construction of stadiums will earn at least one ticket to watch a World Cup match, as did the workers of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Valcke also claims to be rooting for Brazil to win the World Cup on its own territory.

In his next inspection, yet to be scheduled, Valcke will be accompanied by both Ronaldo and Pele as they visit the cities of Brasilia, Cuiaba and Recife.

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Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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