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Brazil's World Cup cities urged to step up construction works

04-10-2012 13:53 BJT

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Brazil's 2014 World Cup organizing committee (COL) has warned Recife and Salvador that they could be stripped of host city status for next year's Confederations Cup if their stadia failed to be completed in time.

FIFA will inspect stadiums in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Recife and Salvador, later this month with the latter two causing particular concern due to continued construction delays.

"They know they are not guaranteed," COL operations director Ricardo Trade said during a press conference in Rio on Monday.

"FIFA will carry out a technical analysis and at the end of June the host cities will be confirmed. The stadiums know they need to produce a stadium with all of its structure already in place."

The Confederations Cup, to be held from June 15-30 next year, will be contested by the champions of each of FIFA's six confederations as well as World Cup winner Spain and host nation Brazil. It is considered a prelude to the World Cup the following year.

A government report released last week revealed most of the stadiums were still less than 50 per cent complete.

Fortaleza's Castelao stadium is the most advanced, with 60% of its works already finished, while Arena Pernambuco in Recife, only 32% complete, is causing organizers most concern.

"During the last meeting with FIFA, Recife was practically eliminated," Brazil's football confederation chief Jose Maria Marin said.

But I fought in favor of Pernambuco and have absolute confidence that the stadium will be included."

The Confederations Cup will be hosted by six cities if Recife and Salvador are confirmed. If not, the competition will be limited to Rio, Brasilia, Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte.

Editor:Wang Lingfei |Source: Xinhua

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