Authorities involved in organising the World Cup in Brazil are optimistic in relation to the tournament that kicks off in a week. In a press conference held after the meeting of the FIFA World Cup Organising Committee this Thursday (05.06) in São Paulo, Joseph Blatter said that the key word in relation to the competition is trust.
“Hearing the reports during the Committee’s meeting, listening to Ricardo Trade’s report, from the Local Organising Committee, I can say that we’re confident”, he stated. He recalled his meeting with President Dilma Rousseff at the beginning of the week in Brasilia and asked for the support of the Brazilian population.
“I told her how much we’re working with the federal and local governments to deliver the best World Cup ever, but we also need the support of the Brazilian people. This is very important and when the first kick-off is taken, I think that the whole country will be supporting football", he said.
The FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke reinforced his optimism and commented on the fact that there is still work to do in some World Cup stadiums. “The general impression is that we've done a lot, we did everything necessary to ensure that the World Cup starts on 12 June and that the squads, which have started to arrive, are provided with the best structure possible. There's still work being done at the stadium in Itaquera, but I'd say that that's normal, particularly because some stadiums were delivered a little late. The first week is the most challenging, we’ll see what’ll happen in the first matches. The feeling of optimism came from the reports submitted by the Organising Committee”, he said.
The Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo welcomed the delegations, journalists and tourist who have started to arrive in the country and wishes that they all find a moment of celebration, peace and party in Brazil.
“We’ve done everything within our power to provide visitors with security, a nice stay and above all, a warm welcome from the Brazilian people. We hope that when they go home, they take with them not the memory of an unequal nation, but one of a country fighting to correct its deficiencies and that reaffirms its vocation for treating its visitors well”, he said.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will start on 12 June at the Corinthians Arena in São Paulo with a match between Brazil and Croatia.