Brazil has 100 days left to get World Cup ready

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is running out of time.

World Cup organizers will mark 100 days to go on Tuesday with a lot of work still to be done on stadiums and infrastructure in the 12 host cities.

As national teams enter their final phase of preparations — a series of warm-ups are scheduled for this week — the Brazilian government is trying to ensure the country will be ready to host the tournament in June.

Although Brazil had nearly seven years to prepare after winning the bid to host the tournament in 2007, there are four stadiums still under construction and work outside many of the venues is far from completed.

Doubts also remain about whether the cities will be able to host the fanfests they promised years ago. Airports likely won't have all the work completed either, and many of the urban projects initially expected to be ready for the World Cup won't be finalized until after the event.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke recently said work must remain at "full speed" until the opener on June 12. Soccer's governing body has been expressing its confidence that everything will be ready despite the setbacks.

"Listen, 100 days, it's a long way to go, and it's a short way to go if there are still problems," FIFA President Sepp Blatter told FIFA.com. "But now all problems are under control and it will be, in 100 days, an exceptionally good start for an exceptional competition."

There will be a few events marking the 100-day point across Brazil on Tuesday, with some of the host cities lighting up traditional buildings in the colors of the Brazilian flag.

Brazil promised all 12 stadiums would be ready by the end of last year, but only six were completed. Two may be ready less than a month before the World Cup, including the one hosting the opener between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo.



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