FIFA general secretary warns Brazil authorities over Confederations Cup preparations
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has warned Brazilian authorities that this week's naming of the cities that will host the Confederations Cup will be a 'crucial moment' for Brazil.
Valcke told reporters: "This is a crucial moment for us organisers because once the ticket sales start it would be very problematic if a venue runs into challenges to be ready to host matches.
"And here I need to repeat myself about readiness. We do not mean the day of the tournament kickoff but with enough time to stage at least two proper test events.
"That is why we always reiterate that the venues for major FIFA tournaments need to be ready six months ahead of schedule."
The general secretary also believes that the fans are the most important part of any event: "We must ensure that the fans have an unforgettable experience without any logistical nightmares.
"The Confederations Cup itself is an acid test for FIFA and the host country as practically every aspect of the preparations will come under close scrutiny."