FIFA give vote of confidence for 2013 Confederations Cup stadiums
FIFA have announced their confidence in Brazil's ability to complete all six stadiums hosting the 2013 Confederations Cup ahead of the deadline on April 15, 2013.
There have been concerns over the delays in the construction of certain stadia with four stadiums yet to be completed but FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke believes there will not be any problems meeting the deadline.
"As we are approaching the end of 2012 I can definitely say that it was a demanding and challenging year," Valcke wrote on Fifa's website.
"But also a very productive one, with more integration with the government resulting in many important milestones achieved together on the way to 2014.
"The build-up to any major sporting event is a matter of extreme interest, not only in the host country but around the world, and it is extremely encouraging to see that the organisation of the events in Brazil has now grown into a huge collective undertaking.
"It was great to see the opening of the two first stadiums in Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte still this month and also the great strides at the four other FIFA Confederations Cup venues which are now working at full speed to meet the deadline, April 15, 2013 at the latest, to stage the first test events.
"Every hour of every day now counts. The final decisive phase has begun, not only for the FIFA Confederations Cup host cities, but for all FIFA World Cup venues."