Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Road to 2014 World Cup: Brazil

It's official.

Football's world governing body FIFA announced today that Brazil will host the 2014 World Cup, the second time the five-time winner of the tournament will host the event.

Brazil were the only country bidding to host the finals, but their delegation went through the formality of making a 30-minute presentation to the world governing body's executive committee in Zurich earlier today, before being officially awarded the finals.

"The task was not easy - for us it was a real big challenge to have the same list of requirements and the same conditions for only one candidate than if we had two and perhaps we put the bar higher than if we had two," said FIFA President Sepp Blatter (above, showing the world the 2014 Cup hosts).

"There was an extraordinary presentation by the delegation and we witnessed that this World Cup will have such a big social and cultural impact in Brazil.

"This the country that has given to the world the best football and the best footballers, five times world champions, and if we don't stop the invasion of Brazilian footballers then in years to come we may have only Brazilians in all the national teams! That's why the executive committee has decided unanimously to give the right and the responsibility to organize the 2014 World Cup to Brazil."

Brazil now face the daunting task of building or completely refurbishing every single one of their stadium for the tournament. FIFA's inspection report has identified 18 grounds with more than 40,000 capacity that could host matches and these will be whittled down to nine or 10. However, of the 18 four would have to be built from scratch and all of the other 14 undergo substantial renovation.

FIFA inspectors said the Brazilian football federation had estimated £550m as the budget for building and renewing the grounds but that figure appears very optimistic. So basic are the facilities at the moment that most of the stadia are not even equipped for television commentary.

FIFA's inspection report noted that Brazil was "more than capable of hosting an exceptional World Cup", but added, "surprisingly, most of the stadiums are not equipped for TV commentators. In fact, many of them will use TV commentary positions for the first time thanks to the projects and the necessary FIFA requirements for staging a World Cup."

The inspectors said FIFA must maintain close links with the Brazilian organizers - and start immediately. "Brazil has a rich history of hosting sporting and other international events," added the report, "but the standards and demands of the World Cup will far surpass those of any other event staged in the history of Brazil in terms of magnitude and complexity.

"The inspection team is of the opinion that it would be important for FIFA experts to carefully review the process and progress of host city selection to ensure that adequate financing is committed and secured by the time of the deadline for the selection of the host cities and the related stadium facilities or potential stadium construction sites."

Brazil last hosted the World Cup in 1950, which produced one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport and a world record crowd, estimated at 199,000 for the deciding match which ended with Uruguay beating the hosts Brazil 2-1 in the Maracana Stadium on July 16 to lift the Jules Rimet trophy for the second time.

Good luck to Brazil. Should make for an exciting tournament.


Anonymous said...

Brazil 2014 World Cup will be one of the best, what cab be better than watching the worlds most skillful football team in there bach yard. Brazil is a lovely country and well deserve there chance. As long as they get the stadia updated in time

Adeeb K said...

Brazil is the best team in the world they are going to win 2010 and 2014

Adeeb k said...

I Hope Ronaldo Will Come Back And Play In The 2010 World Cup He Is The Best Striker In The World The World Cup Is Nothing Without Him

Hickey said...

whoo.. argentina v brazil for final... lets see!

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