Sao Paulo city may miss out on Confederations Cup

Brazil’s sports minister says Corinthians’ stadium in Sao Paulo
probably won’t be ready for the 2013 Confederations Cup, meaning
Brazil’s largest city may be left out of the World Cup tuneup
competition.

Orlando Silva told local media Sunday that Sao Paulo officials
said the stadium is unlikely to be finished before the
Confederations Cup. They guarantee, however, that it will be ready
in time for the 2014 World Cup, even though construction work is
not expected to start until next month.

Corinthians rival Palmeiras is renovating its stadium in Sao
Paulo and could be an alternative for the Confederations Cup.
However, authorities have not officially made it available for the
competition.

Sao Paulo wants to host the 2014 World Cup opener at
Corinthians’ stadium.