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.