"There's been a big change since we were here last time," Valcke said. "There are no worries or doubts at all about the Beira-Rio being ready in time."
In both cities, Valcke was meeting with high-ranking government officials in charge of the local preparations, and checking on infrastructure work being done.
Valcke is also giving away symbolic tickets to representatives of the construction workers, who will be allowed to watch one match for free at the venues.
He will participate in a board meeting of the local World Cup committee in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
FIFA announced this week that it received a record number of 152,101 volunteer applications for the tournament in Brazil, more than double the number in South Africa in 2010 (70,000) and more than triple the total for Germany in 2006 (45,000). Nearly 6,500 foreigners applied, with Colombians leading the way ahead of Americans, Spaniards, Mexicans and Argentines.
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