All stadiums that will host the 2014 World Cup matches will be ready six months before the start of the competition. The warranty is from the general manager of Stadiums of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Roberto Siviero. He participated yesterday (April 9) of the press conference of the CBF’s (Brazilian Soccer Confederation) new president, José Maria Marin, who completed four weeks heading the entity, replacing Ricardo Teixeira.
Siviero personally accompanies each construction project and said he is sure that Brazil is not nearly going to repeat South Africa’s experience, when the country hosted the last World Cup and finished the stadiums a few weeks before the start of competition.
"At the moment we have no concerns about the stadiums for the World Cup. All bureaucratic issues that end up being more troublesome are being solved satisfactorily by [state] governments and by private entities that own some of the stadiums," said Siviero.
On the situation of Internacional de Porto Alegre’s Beira-Rio stadium, which is the latest project, he explained that the impasse involving the construction was resolved. "In our view, the issue was resolved. Of course we have to monitor, because the [construction] contract was recently signed."
The president of CBF, José Maria Marin, said the current entity’s concern is about the arena of Recife, which has delay in all works, including electrical infrastructure, telecommunications and access.
Marin said that he met last week with leaders of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), who showed much concern over the stadium in the capital of Pernambuco, which will host matches of the Confederations Cup next year.
He believes the arena of Recife will be ready to receive the matches in 2013, but pointed out that this will be set on April 27, when the works will be inspected by FIFA’s personnel.
During the interview, Marin announced the name of the president of the Football Federation of Santa Catarina, Delfim Peixoto Filho, as head of the Brazilian team on London Olympic Games. The president of Flamengo Patricia Amorim was asked to lead the women’s football delegation, and she said she will answer later.