The FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke returns to Brazil next week to visit three Host Cities in preparation for the FIFA World Cup: Manaus, Brasília and Porto Alegre, from 16 to 18 February 2014. Alongside the Minister of Sport, Aldo Rebelo, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Luis Fernandes, and the CEO of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Ricardo Trade, he will meet representatives from the host cities and visit the Arena da Amazonia, Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha and Beira-Rio stadium.
On Sunday, 16 February 2014, the delegation meets the mayor of Manaus Arthur Virgilio Neto and the governor of Amazonas state Omar Aziz in a visit to the Arena da Amazonia at around 14.00 (local time) followed by a press conference.
After Manaus, the delegation heads to Brasília, where seven FIFA World Cup matches will be played. The programme starts on Monday (17 February), at 9.00, with a visit to Fábrica Social, a project from the Extraordinary Secretariat for the FIFA World Cup of the Federal District, designed to empower low income families. Together with governor Agnelo Queiroz, the delegation will then visit the Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha, where closed meetings about the preparations will take place. A subsequent stadium tour and media briefing is scheduled to commence at 11.30.
On the same day, the FIFA Secretary General arrives in Porto Alegre for a private meeting with the vice-governor of Rio Grande do Sul state Beto Grill and the mayor of Porto Alegre José Fortunati. The following day, 18 February, the delegation visits Beira-Rio stadium and holds a press conference after a stadium tour.
After the tour, the Secretary General will attend the Team Workshop at Costão do Santinho, in Florianópolis, on 19 and 20 February 2013, and the LOC Board meeting on Friday, 21 February 2014, also in Florianópolis, followed by a press conference.