Fifa president Sepp Blatter satisfied with Brazil's preparations
By Chris Donald
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is not worried about the late preparations which sees builders still putting the finishing touches onto the stadiums that will host the Confederations Cup which will kick off tomorrow.
Workmen are still applying cement onto walks, attaching glass panels and painting at several stadiums as kickoff approaches.
The eight-nation tournament starts on Saturday in the capital Brasília when the Seleção host Asian champions Japan and it will act as a test of Brazil’s organizational ability a year before they host the World Cup.
However, Sepp Blatter is not worried by the lack of preparation and believes everything will be fine once the tournament gets underway, reports ESPN.
He told the BBC: "I have seen worse situations," he said. "Yes there is still work to be done, but it will get done.
"I have been to many tournaments when the painters are still painting the stadiums an hour before the first match. It is not a surprise to me that people are still working.
"It just means that something has not been finished and they need to finish it.
"Since I was first involved in 1978, I have witnessed a lot of problems like this, but when the tournament started, everything went well.
"Let us see. Let us hope this is the same."
The Maracanã has come under close attention recently with the safety controversy surrounding the Seleção’s friendly with England and Brazilian sports minister, Albo Rebelo, has reacted angrily to suggestions that the stadium won’t be fully functioning during the Confederations Cup.
Rebelo said: "The stadium was delivered and there were two test matches with complete success in the most absolute tranquility and security.
"If what they are doing there is called major construction in your country, then frankly I pity the people of your country."