Even as Solo Candidate Brazil Has Little Chance to Host the 2014 World Cup

The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) Joseph Blatter is skeptic about Brazil’s chances of hosting the 2014 World Cup, which according to the rotation system must be disputed in South America.

In an interview with Brazilian daily O Estado de S. Paulo FIFA’s president went further and suggested Argentina and Chile should join in presenting an only candidacy, following the example of Japan and South Korea, which organized the 2002 World Cup.

"Even figuring as the only candidate, Brazil must respond to FIFA selection criteria which are very high level. Only if Brazil abides by them will the country host the Cup," warned Mr. Blatter.

FIFA president added that the suggestion of organizing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is only an idea that with the support from President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and other political leaders "is only beginning to become into a project".

"The road leading to that goal and gaining approval from FIFA’s Congress by 2008 is long", he added.

Although South American football federations have announced they support Brazil as the only candidate for hosting the 2014 World Cup, Blatter insisted in the possibility of other candidates.

"Why not a joint candidacy from Chile and Argentina? he asked during the interview.

Mr. Blatter finally said that if Brazil is the only candidate and does not abide by FIFA criteria, "the federation could very well decide to cancel the project of holding the 2014 World Cup in South America".

"I’m not a prophet but if conditions are not appropriate, the World Cup will probably move to North America," suggested Mr. Blatter.

However Chile’s Professional Football Federation president Reinaldo Sanchez downplayed the suggestion of a possible joint candidacy of Argentina and Chile for the 2014 Cup.

Mr. Sanchez emphasized that the whole South American block is behind Brazil in its bid for 2014, although he admitted that Mr. Blatter’s suggestion "must be accepted as a good idea."

In a radio interview in Santiago Mr. Sanchez said that Blatter’s suggestion "is most welcome, but 2014 belongs to Brazil; in any case we could think about the proposal further ahead."

Mr. Sanchez pointed out to sports infrastructure as the main challenge for Chile to accept the proposal.

"One must be reasonable; stadiums in Chile are in no way near those in Europe or Asia. Given the number of countries participating in the Cup it’s a good idea. Argentina has good stadiums and has already organized a World Cup in 1978, but I insist for Chile the main problem in our sports infrastructure".

Maybe further in the future, after 2014, "when South America’s turn again comes up".

Mercopress – www.mercopress.com

Tags:

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Discusses Public Radio with the World

Radio broadcasters from Brazil and other countries attended a meeting of the Brazilian Association ...

Brazil Wants to Get Credits for Keeping Forests Intact

On Friday, March 24, the fifth day of the 8th Conference of the Parties ...

Brazil Studying Ecological Impact of Petrobras on the Amazon

Brazilian researchers started a journey along 400 kilometers of the upper Amazon River as ...

All Congress Leaders in Brazil Knew About Ruling PT’s Bribe Money

Brazilian ruling PT’s (Workers Party) former secretary general Silvio Pereira confessed that all top ...

I’m Dreaming of a Brazil Where Every Brazilian Will Be a Santa

Many years ago, I wrote a letter to Papai Noel (Santa Claus) asking for ...

President Dilma Can Get a Place in History by Having Rich and Poor Kids in the Best Schools

In her first post-election speech, President-elect Dilma Rousseff made a commitment to eradicating misery. ...

Watching the Titanic Sink in Brazil

There are few nursing homes in Brazil, due to the fact that the entire ...

Change or I’ll Live, Chávez Tells Brazil and Mercosur

Venezuela is interested in becoming a member of a “new Mercosur,” but if there’s ...

Forbidden Runways

In the youth-obsessed fashion industry where models start working during their early pubescent years, ...

Honey from Brazil

Brazil’s Honey Exports Grow 300%. US Gets It All

Brazilian honey exports in April yielded US$ 2.55 million, representing a 300% increase over ...