Fifa general secretary speaks of awe at new Maracana
Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke has spoken of his awe at the new Maracana stadium which was recently inspected by officials ahead of the World Cup in 2014.
A match between England and Brazil was also recently annouced to celebrate the opening although the general secretary recently cast that into doubt.
Valcke told reporters: "We spoke about the construction work and we had confirmation from both authorities and from Ricardo Trade of the LOC that everything would be ready. It’s a spectacular place, a fantastic stadium.
"There’s no problem with the relationship between FIFA and the LOC. We have a team working in Rio de Janeiro, and we don’t have a problem with the Brazilian government or with any of the 12 Host Cities.
"The stadium is fabulous. I can’t imagine a FIFA Confederations Cup or a FIFA World Cup without a game at the Maracana. There would be something very wrong with that.
"As for the other cities, two stadiums will be delivered in the middle of April, well behind schedule, though our technical team said everything was fine and we have to trust them. The government has given its word the work will be finished and we have to believe people.
"I receive photographs on a regular basis and the last report I got was 48 hours ago. I get information all the time and I’m not surprised. It’s good to be able to put an image to the report and to be at the Maracana at this special time."