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FIFA still worried about three World Cup stadiums… there are 13 days to go!

May 30, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

Brazil Stadium Collapse

This is getting a little bit silly now, isn’t it?

With less than two weeks to go until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil, FIFA are still talking about stadiums not being ready and a “race against time” to finish up construction in host cities.

The issues across Brazil have been widespread and problematic for a long period of time — deaths to construction workers, arguments over the financing of venues, workers going on strike, accidents damaging the stadiums and many more infrastructure issues have hampered the progress — and FIFA’s general Secretary Jerome Valcke has voiced his concerns over stadium construction during almost every visit to the South American country over the past 12 months.

On Thursday Vaclke completed his tour of all 12 World Cup host cities for one final check up. He still has concerns over stadiums in Porto Alegre, Natal and Sao Paulo but admitted that he is satisfied with progress at the nine other venues.

MORE: FIFA warns host cities in Brazil, as rush to finish venues continue 

The stadium at the center of of this latest panic is in Sao Paulo, as the Itaquerao will host the World Cup opener between Brazil and Croatia on June 12. Less than two weeks from now. The venue has yet to be tested fully with a capacity crowd of 70,000. On Sunday a Brazilian league match between Corinthians and Botafogo will only host 40,000 fans because temporary seats recently installed have not yet been certified by local building authorities.

FIFA wanted to play the league match so close to the start of the tournament so it could be fully tested but with the club who owns the venue, Corinthians, not being able to gain the required permits for the temporary seating, there will not be a full test on the stadium the entire world will be looking at in 13 days time.

Head of state, soccer legends, 70,000 fans and both teams won’t be sure what kind of stadium they will be turning up to on June 12 when it all begins. As long as it is safe, that is, of course, the main thing.

  1. godsholytrousers - May 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Want it done correctly?
    Ask the Germans.

  2. mazblast - May 30, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    FIFA should try this–

    “You will have EVERYTHING ready to go six months before the opening match, or the Americans will host. They have the stadiums and they’re willing to take the job on. Look how well they did it in 1994 on short notice.”

    That would get most countries off their duffs.

    • ramirezsoria924 - May 31, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      Thats cuz in USA.. the mexicans will get it done..

  3. lyleoross - May 30, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Is it too late to move this to the U.S.? Or to Europe? whatever country that is closest and has adequate venues. :)

  4. dws110 - May 30, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    In related news, FIFA announced that the official theme song to this and all future World Cups shall be Yakkety Sax

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