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FIFA Secretary-General Inspects World Cup Stadiums

By Brad Eveleigh

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The Secretary-General of FIFA, Jerome Valcke has attended the Itaquerao Stadium in Brazil to inspect the delays of construction for the 2014 Football World Cup.

The Itaquerao Stadium will host the opening fixture between Brazil and Croatia on June 12, less than two months away.

Valcke said there is “not a minute to lose” as there is still a lot of work to do before completion can be declared.

He was confident that it would be ready in time saying, “we are running against time, but yes, the stadium will host the opening game”.

Construction at the Itaquerao Stadium came to a drastic halt last November when two workers were killed by a collapsing crane. Sadly an additional death also occurred earlier in the year to a construction worker who was helping install 20,000 temporary seats that will be needed for the opening. Both these tragic losses caused obvious delays.

Vlacke’s agenda now leads him South to Porto Alegre and Curitiba, where he will receive updates from local organisers about the delays and potential issues there.

Curitiba will house World Champions Spain against Australia on June 23 and the Football Federation Australia boss David Gallop has publicly expressed is concern over the conditions of the stadium. Let’s hope the report comes back positive for all parties involved.

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Final 32 Qualifying Countries for the 2014 FIFA World Cup

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AFRICA

Algeria

Cameroon

Côte d’Ivoire

Ghana

Nigeria

 

ASIA

Australia

Iran

Japan

Korea Republic

 

EUROPE

Belgium

Bosnia – Herzegovina

Croatia

England

France

Germany

Greece

Italy

Netherlands

Portugal

Russia

Spain

Switzerland

 

NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN

Costa Rica

Honduras

Mexico

USA

 

SOUTH AMERICA

Argentina

Brazil

Chile

Colombia

Ecuador

Uruguay

 

Group Stage configurations will be drawn December 6, 5pm GMT at the World Cup finals ceremony.

FIFA World Cup 2014 begins on Thursday, June 12, 2014.

FIFA World Football Rankings

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RANK TEAM POS + / – POINTS
1 Spain <> 0 1514
2 Argentina 2 1263
3 Germany -1 1261
4 Italy 2 1199
5 Columbia -2 1180
6 Belgium 4 1159
7 Uruguay 5 1126
8 Brazil 1 1067
9 Netherlands -4 1058
10 Croatia -2 1051
11 Potugal -4 1029
12 Greece -1 1016
13 USA 6 996
14 Switzerland 1 992
15 Russia 1 968
16 Chile 5 967
17 England -3 947
18 Boznia-Herzegovina -5 934
19 Côte d’Ivoire -1 902
20 Ecuador -3 851
21 Mexico -1 837
22 Sweden 8 836
23 Denmark 4 825
24 Ghana <> 0 815
25 France -2 812
26 Ukraine 2 799
27 Montenegro 1 766
28 Algeria 6 762
29 Slovenia 16 754
30 Hungary 1 744