FIFA president Sepp Blatter did not mince words while addressing Brazil’s state of preparation of the 2014 World Cup, saying the host country is far behind where it should be with the prestigious tournament starting in six months.
Blatter spoke about about Brazil’s predicament to the Swiss newspaper 24 Heures:
Brazil has just found out what it means and has started work much too late. No country has been so far behind in preparations since I have been at FIFA even though it is the only host nation which has had so much time, seven years, in which to prepare (Reuters).
Six of Brazil’s 12 stadiums — the ones in Sao Paulo, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Natal, Cuiaba, and Manaus — were not completed in time for FIFA’s deadline of December 31.
Brazil was selected as the host for the 2014 World Cup in 2007, but they had an additional four years to prepare because the other South American nations agreed to support Brazil’s hosting bid all the way back in 2003.