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Blatter unhappy with Brazil - 'No World Cup host has been this far behind'

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FIFA boss, Sepp Blatter, has laid bare the extent of Brazil’s World Cup failings, saying no host has ever been as far behind at this stage of preparation in all his 38 years at the federation.

"Brazil has come to realise that they started too late. They are the country who are the most delayed in terms of World Cup organisation. Yet they are the only country to have had such a long time - seven years - to prepare", he said.

The modern standard had been to award the World Cup to a country with five years to prepare. In fact Brazil was awarded the finals in October 2007, almost seven years ahead of time.

Half of the 12 World Cup stadia have yet to be delivered formally even though FIFA had set a deadline of December 31 last year.

The outstanding six are the Arena Corinthians (Sao Paulo), Arena da Baixada (Curitiba), Beira Rio (Porto Alegre), Arena Pantanal (Cuiaba), Arena das Dunas (Natal) and the Arena da Amazonia (Manaus).

The World Cup will be staged from June 12 to July 13, but the build-up has been plagued by construction delays, spiralling costs as well as civil discontent at the money being spent on the tournament as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics.

 

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