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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Brazil expects succesful 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil is already anticipating the economic benefits of hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The initial prediction from Brazil's Ministry of Sport is that around 600 thousand foreign football fans will visit Brazil during the 2014 finals, which will take place in twelve cities: Curitiba and Porto Alegre in the south; Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo in the south-east; Cuiabá and Brasília in central Brazil; Manaus in the north; and Fortaleza, Natal, Recife and Salvador in the north-east. It is estimated that the 2014 World Cup will have created more than 300 thousand jobs between 2009, when Brazil was chosen as host country, and the end of the tournament. Major investments in infrastructure, including airports and urban transport, are already taking place in preparation for 2014. The twelve stadiums where the matches will take place are either due to be upgraded or, in three cases, under construction. However, the Ministry of Sport announced this week that every venue will be ready in time for the 2013 Confederations Cup (a smaller-scale international tournament that takes place one year before the World Cup). The largest stadium, and one of the candidates for hosting the World Cup final on 13 July 2014, is Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracanã, which will have a capacity of around 90 thousand. The 2014 World Cup will be the first in South America since the 1978 tournament in Argentina. Brazil will become the fifth country (along with France, Germany, Italy and Mexico) to have hosted the tournament twice, having previously done so in 1950.

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