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Cue the typical World Cup preparation worries in 3, 2, 1 …

Mar 29, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

World Cup 2014

Regular as Mother’s Day, the alarm bells are ringing of Brazil’s flagging preparation for World Cup 2014.

It’s practically a World Cup hosting rite, almost as if by decree from men who hold high places.  About this time, a couple of years out, stories of anxious concern tell of facilities and infrastructure are well behind schedule. Things look bleak.

It happens with Olympics, too. Athens back in 2004 comes to mind as particularly alarmist (perhaps deservedly so).

Of course, this kind of global pressure, when properly applied, punches up the pace of construction and planning. Generally, everything works out fine – even if the final coats of paint are being applied up the 11th hour.

The Guardian in England had this story just yesterday. The gist is FIFA taking the unprecedented step of adding its own executive committee members to Brazil’s World Cup organizing body. The reason, as the Guardian piece explains:

Preparations for the tournament in Brazil have been dogged by delays in the building of stadiums and other infrastructure such as airports, local transport connections and hotels.

Those worries have been increased by plans to have teams travelling to different parts of the vast country for their group matches rather than staying in the same venue.

Wednesday’s move does seem to expand the angst over it all, perhaps moving the worry ahead one tick on the Defcon scale. So, it does bear watching.

  1. adslazaro - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Having arrived in South Africa with a journalism crew a week before the 2010 World Cup kicked off and seeing all the scrambling last-minute construction around the Calabash, I can say that the concerns around SA2010 were reasonably justified as well. The rail-line that was supposed to run from Jo-Burg to Tschwane/Pretoria had about three stops finished by the time the cup began, and there was tons of road work still going on in the area. The cup still went forward just fine. There were organization issues, but they were different than these infrastructure problems, I thought. Things will be fine in Brazil too, but as you say, these sorts of pieces do something to motivate planning and construction.

  2. slxc - Mar 29, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Me encantan los partidos de calificacion al mundial, son emocionantes.

  3. jumbossportsblog - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:35 AM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

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