FIFA officials in Brazil to discuss Cup

BY foxsports • September 10, 2010

FIFA concluded a weeklong visit to Brazil to discuss preparations for the 2014 World Cup and officials on Friday praised the tournament's local organizing committee.

"I'm very happy to see that the committee has been working hard," FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said.

Valcke and other FIFA officials met with local organizers and government officials to get updates on the country's arrangements ahead of football's biggest showcase.

They were in Rio de Janeiro on Friday and visited several areas to choose a venue for the World Cup qualifying draw in July 2011 and to find a location for the tournament's media and broadcast center. FIFA said it will analyze the project proposals made by local officials.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes said FIFA is inclined to choose the historic Forte de Copacabana to host the draw, and that it picked a building near city hall to install its offices ahead of the tournament. The mayor said the media center would also likely be located in the same region.

Valcke said visits to the other 11 host cities are planned for the future.

"We will dedicate the same attention to the other cities," he said.

There was no word on whether Valcke reviewed Sao Paulo's latest stadium proposal. Corinthians has announced it will build a new arena for the tournament but the project has not been officially presented to FIFA. It is the only host city without a current venue.

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