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Brazil's 2014 World Cup effort 'running late'

Less than six weeks before the World Cup to set to begin, questions are surfacing about the progress of stadium construction. No, not the venues this summer; the Brazilian facilities for the 2014 tournament.

While final preparations are being made in South Africa, FIFA is raising concerns about the next event. Secretary General Jerome Valcke told Globo Esporte in Brazil:

"I have received some reports on the stadiums and that does not look good at all. It's incredible how Brazil is running late ... all the stadiums. Many of the deadlines have already expired and nothing happened. Very little has been done, it is time to act. ... People questioned the World Cup in Africa a lot, but Brazil is showing that it is also very difficult to hold one there."

However, he ruled out replacing Brazil as host.

Meantime, hotel prices in South Africa are beginning to fall as demand fails to meet expectations.

On the pitch, FC Barcelona Manager Pep Guardiola allayed fears that star midfielder Xavi Hernandez might miss Spain's World Cup campaign; Ruud van Nistelrooy was left off the Dutch training camp roster; and, despite his sharp form with Schalke, Kevin Kuranyi will not be going to the World Cup with Germany.


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By Steve Goff  |  May 3, 2010; 8:27 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Brazil , FIFA , Germany , Netherlands , South Africa , Spain  | Tags: Brazil, Kevin Kuranyi, Pep Guardiola, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Soccer, South Africa, Spain, World Cup, Xavi Hernandez  
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Goff, you're off your game today. Van Nistelrooy is at Hamburg, not Schalke

Posted by: CACuzcatlan | May 3, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

he was writing about Kuranyi. Germany doesn't need him, Cacau will be the hero.

Posted by: knape1 | May 3, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes, replacing Brazil would be out of the question. Wait, why?

(Personal answer: FIFA brass would rather eat their own livers than give it to us).

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 3, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I read Valcke's comments in O Globo this morning and thought he was more negative than O Goffinho lets on...

Valcke says:

"Brazil is already at a red light and missing deadlines."

"This year there is a presidential, so next to nothing will be done. The year after there is Carnaval. So are they only going to get started after Carnaval?"

According to O Globo, of the various sites, at least half of them are behind schedule, having failed to me the deadlines set forth by the Organizing Committee.

Not good.

On the positive side, the UN announced that Rio will be "safe" for the Olympics...

Posted by: ErickSp8 | May 3, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of OFF TOPIC.....ZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Who care's? How many dayz till June 11!?!?

Posted by: DadRyan | May 3, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

So 4 years until they host the World Cup Brazil is behind on stadiums that will take less than two years to build? So I guess if people say anything other people will publish it and then other people will post links to it.

Posted by: csd1 | May 3, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

It says they are talking to 3 principalities. I guess that means we get 3 stadiums:

http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/dcs-search-new-home-continues-quietly

Posted by: SexyOffender | May 3, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

We have principalities in the US? Or is United moving to Monaco?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 3, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The stadium that Thierry Henry built? I think the team's lousy start rules them out of a lot of DP options, but the Daily Mirror is reporting that DC United is trying to teal him out from under the Red Bulls' noses. They might be willing to throw a lot more money at Henry than the Red Bulls, since an Henry signing might boost interest from politicians.

http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Thierry-Henry-on-his-way-out-of-Barcelona-and-will-follow-David-Beckham-to-America-article414363.html

Posted by: fischy | May 4, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

good article on the stadium. nice to see Payne & Chang are slow playing their new options, rather than going publicly all-in like they did with the PG deal. I especially liked the quote at the end "Because there’s probably a few teams in the league that maybe wish that they hadn’t done what they’ve done." Not sure Payne can ever open his mouth without taking a shot at some other MLS team (usually Colorado).

Posted by: VTUnited | May 4, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I wouldnt read much into it.

world cup in Brazil would be pretty sweet

Posted by: Nats1924 | May 4, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Summary of stadium artice:

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Posted by: Ron16 | May 4, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Brazil has an opportunity to invest in infrastructure that will last well beyond the 2014 event.
Unfortunately we already know what will happen. Quote from the President of Brazil, on 14/01/2010 when announcing federal funds available for stadium construction:
"We do not have to believe in alll the demands those gringos make. We have a reality, we want to do our best for the World Cup, but we are a country with our own characteristic and reality".

In other words Brazil will host the World Cup and the Brazilian people will , once again be left to pay for the usual mismanagement and corruption that prevails here.

Posted by: zuma1 | May 4, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

yo, zuma: can you post a link to that quote? I rather doubt Lula used the term "gringos" to refer to FIFA.

Posted by: troy6 | May 4, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

You know what will be great about 2014,

A World Cup taking place in a semi-normal time difference for the east coast!

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 4, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Yes, replacing Brazil would be out of the question. Wait, why?

(Personal answer: FIFA brass would rather eat their own livers than give it to us).

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 3, 2010 9:20 PM

What?? We had a World Cup 16 years ago and are favorites to host another in 2018 or 2022. If anything we are recepients of FIFA love not dislike.

FIFA execs are cracking the whip on the Brazilian organizers, big deal. Let's not start another 'we should host it because we're so great and poor people suck' campaign.

Posted by: Kev29 | May 4, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Rossi was left off Italy's training camp roster. Does he still have some club commitments that kept him out? While I realize schadenfreude is an ugly characteristic, I would laugh out loud if he has to watch the WC on TV.

Posted by: troy6 | May 4, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If you want efficiency, stick to the developed world (or whatever the "correct" nomenclature is these days).

Posted by: OWNTF | May 4, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

"For communities, it’s a good time to invest in the future. You can’t not invest. You can’t sit still. Jobs have to be created, economic base has to be created, tax-ratables need to be created. So I think there’s a lot of reasons why it makes sense to move forward with a stadium.”
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Substitute "spend taxpayers' money" for "invest in the future"

"For communities, it’s a good time to spend taxpayers' money. You can’t not spend taxpayers' money. You can’t sit still. Jobs have to be created, economic base has to be created, tax-ratables need to be created. So I think there’s a lot of reasons why it makes sense to move forward with spending taxpayers' money."

DC United has not really evolved in their thinking. They are still looking for a handout, which amounts to pissing into the wind.

Posted by: OWNTF | May 4, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

And Payne's reference to DC United as a "marquee team" is really remarkable. What's written on the marquee? "Crappy Soccer -- Live Tonight!" ??

Posted by: OWNTF | May 4, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

And Payne's reference to DC United as a "marquee team" is really remarkable. What's written on the marquee? "Crappy Soccer -- Live Tonight!" ??
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Sir, that just made me laugh.

Posted by: DCB23 | May 4, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Troy6 -

I can't vouch for the FIFA gringos reference, but Lula has used the phrase in the past:

"Que não venha nenhum gringo pedir pra gente manter um amazonense morrer de fome embaixo do toco de uma árvore porque não queremos preservar (a floresta). Eles terão de pagar a conta dessa preservação pelo fato de nós não termos derrubado a nossa floresta como eles derrubaram a deles séculos atrás""

Translation: "Let no gringo come here and ask us to let an amazonian starve to death beneath a treestump because we don't want to preserve the forest. They should have to pay for that preservation by virtue of the fact that we have not leveled our forest like they leveled theirs in centuries past."

20 NOV 2009

Posted by: ErickSp8 | May 4, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

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