Problems Mount Ahead Of Brazil World Cup
Wednesday, 1st September 2010 at 02:25am
Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) President Ricardo Teixeira travelled to Sao Paulo last week to meet with local officials including Alberto Goldman, the state governor; Gilberto Kassab, mayor of Sao Paulo; and Francisco Vidal Luna, coordinator of the Sao Paulo Organising Committee for the 2014 Fifa world Cup in Brazil.
During the meeting, Teixeira was informed by the officials that construction work on a stadium to be used for the 2014 Fifa World Cup was unable to be started.
The stadium was scheduled to be built in Pirituba, within the grounds of a planned exhibition centre.
The preparations for the 2014 Fifa World Cup have been disrupted by spiralling costs which are likely to be covered by the tax payer as well as delays in construction.
It is also believed that Teixeira was asked about the possibility of the Morumbi Stadium in the city being used to stage the opening game of the 2014 finals.
Teixeira, however, told the attending officials that that idea had already been discounted by football's governing body and the Local Organising Committee.
The CBF president asked the local officials if staging the opening fixture at the yet to be developed Corinthians stadium in Itaquera would be a possibility and was told by Goldman and Kassab that they were prepared to do whatever was needed for Sao Paulo to stage the first match.