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Brazilian president Silva reiterates his full support to help nation host 2014 World Cup

Brazilian president Silva reiterates his full support to help nation host 2014 World Cup

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva assured FIFA officials on Monday that he will do everything he can to guarantee the nation is chosen to host the 2014 World Cup.
Silva made the comments in a meeting with the five FIFA officials who are evaluating the cities hoping to host matches if Brazil stages the tournament seven years from now, said Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian soccer confederation.
"The president once again guaranteed his total support to assure the World Cup takes place in Brazil," Teixeira said. "He made it clear that he will do everything in his power to help Brazil earn the right to stage the World Cup."
The FIFA inspection team has been in Brazil since Thursday. It heard presentations from the majority of the 18 bidding cities over the weekend and will remain until Saturday visiting venues in Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro.
Before meeting with Silva, the inspectors visited Mane Garrincha Stadium in the capital Brasilia.
The officials will not officially talk about their 10-day visit until a press conference in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, but the CBF said the officials have been impressed by the presentations so far.
The head of the inspection team, Hugo Salcedo, told local media on Sunday that "the presentations were very good." He did not elaborate.
Brazil is the sole candidate to stage the 2014 World Cup, but soccer's governing body has warned that it can stage the competition elsewhere if Brazil fails to meet the requirements for the quadrennial event.
FIFA's executive committee will decide on Oct. 30 whether Brazil can host the event. The day before, the country will make its final bid presentation.
The 2010 World Cup will be in South Africa.


Updated : 2021-08-03 18:19 GMT+08:00