With little more than a year to the kick-off of the “Festival of Champions” in Brasilia on 15 June 2013, the match schedule covering the six confirmed FIFA Confederations Cup venues was presented in Rio de Janeiro today (30 May 2012). All host cities other than the capital Brasilia – which will host the prestigious opening match – will stage three of the 16 games. View the entire match schedule.
Last week, the FIFA Executive Committee ratified the six-venue model for next year’s eight-nation competition, which already has one of the strongest line-ups ever, featuring the already qualified hosts Brazil, world champions Spain, Asian champions Japan, CONCACAF champions Mexico and South American champions Uruguay, as well as the as-yet-unknown African, European and Oceania champions.
“This event is more than just a curtain-raiser for what is to come in 2014. Yes, it is an important operational test for the country and host cities, but at the same time it showcases football at the highest level. This has also been reflected by recent research, which shows that with 64 compared to 66 per cent, nearly as many Brazilians want to be in the stadium during the event in 2013 as for the FIFA World Cup one year later. And that is not to mention the incredible awareness for the event of 87% among Brazilians, which is higher than for the Olympics and the Copa América,” said FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, who was joined at the media briefing by Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and LOC management board members Bebeto and Ronaldo.
“We are committed to delivering the greatest FIFA Confederations Cup ever. It is a big challenge for the six host cities, who have worked so hard to come to this point. But their effort will surely pay off with memorable matches, great celebrations and the huge international awareness that the tournament will raise for these cities,” said Ronaldo, accompanied by his LOC colleague Bebeto. “This line-up of top-level teams will display their talent in six new or fully refurbished stadiums. After the competition, we will have half of the venues ready and tested for the FIFA World Cup. One year ahead. This is very important for our team at the LOC,” he added.
“The six host cities that will host the FIFA Confederations Cup will not only be the gateways to a great spectacle of football, but will also show Brazil’s greatness as well as the country’s and the people’s capacity to deliver. I am very confident that we will have an event that will be up to standard, as Brazilians and the whole world expect,” said Sports Minister Rebelo.