Brazil minister says Brasilia could open 2014 Cup
Brazil’s sports minister says the nation’s capital is making
good progress in its preparations for the 2014 World Cup, and might
even qualify to host the opening game of the tournament.
Orlando Silva had a news conference Monday after inspecting
Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional, known as Mane Garrincha. He said the
stadium’s refurbishing is about one-third completed, making the
capital a strong candidate to open the tournament.
Sao Paulo wants to host the opening match, but Silva said
Brazil’s biggest city is moving too slowly.
Last week the Sao Paulo municipal government approved a $269
million tax break to facilitate the building of a stadium for the
Corinthians soccer team, which will be used in the World Cup.
Brazil is hosting the World Cup for the first time since