Sepp Blatter: Brazil will deliver a wonderful World Cup
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has reaffirmed his belief that Brazil will deliver a successful World Cup in 2014.
The 77-year-old is in the country ahead of the Confederations Cup this summer and attended a meeting with the Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo to discuss progress ahead of the tournament.
Blatter told Fifa.com: "I am sure that the five time winners will present an outstanding competition in 2014.
"I am confident that through its economic power and strength of will, Brazil will be ready and deliver a wonderful World Cup."
Meanwhile, Rebelo has also given reassurances that the new stadiums will be ready ahead of the December 2013 deadline, and highlighted Brazil’s delight in hosting the tournament.
"The preparations for the World Cup will meet the expectations of the organisers and, of course, Brazil," he added.
"This is a vital event for Brazil. We’re delighted and honoured to be able to host it."
There have been many concerns over the readiness of the stadiums, particularly from FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke.
He added: "We received an update on the six FIFA Confederations Cup stadiums and also the six additional FIFA World Cup stadiums.
"We have agreed that the deadline of December 2013 is key for the preparation of the World Cup.
"The partnership between the Brazilian Government, the Local Organising Committee and FIFA is a strong and full one."