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Brazil's bidding for Soccer World Cup 2014

World Cup victories

Brazil have won the Fifa World Cup five times (in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002) and have hosted the competition once, in 1950 (they lost 2-1 to Uruguay).

Prevoius World Cup

Brazil previously hosted a World Cup in 1950.

Sepp Blatter (FIFA president)

28 Sept 2006

"I can't guarantee that Brazil will be the host....The tournament should happen in South America and Brazil is likely to be the host. It's up to the country to overcome the barriers needed to organize the competition. The ball is now in Brazil's court. The bar is set very high in organizational terms, considering the great success of the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.  Brazil's football is great: it has a great history and worldwide respect. (Hosting) the Cup would be an act of gratitude to the Brazilian people, but there is some fear about basic conditions." Blatter told reporters following a meeting with the Brazil Soccer Federation president, Ricardo Teixeira, and Brazil's president, Luiz Inacio da Silva, and Brazil sports minister, Orlando Silva.

5 July 2006

"'You cannot say the decision has already been made because it hasn't," Blatter told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa. "Other countries would be ready to step in at short notice if Brazil's programme is not what it should be."

22 May 2006

"The Executive Committee will decide on the host nation for the 2014 World Cup in 2008. The Executive Committee adopted a resolution in favour of rotation, and established that the 2010 World Cup would be in Africa, and the 2014 tournament in South America. Every CONMEBOL member has said they would like Brazil to host the tournament. Brazil are candidates, but the country must fulfil the requirements in the mandatory regulations. We'll closely examine their candidacy with the help of this list. We are not in favour of joint hosting, provided we have a single candidate which fulfils the requirements. "

12 April 2006

"There's still a long way to go before Brazil can host a World Cup," said Blatter. "Today, it's just an idea which, with the support of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, has started to become a sort of project. But there's a long way to go before winning the approval of the FIFA Congress in 2008. For the time being, I don't think Brazil has a stadium for the Cup. We know the South American federations have already said that there will be only one candidate and that candidate will be Brazil. But why not have a joint bid between Argentina and Chile? The problem is that, even being the only candidate, Brazil has to reach the standards, which are of a very high level. The Cup will only be in Brazil if they are reached."

Blatter finally said that if Brazil is the only candidate and does not abide by FIFA criteria, “the federation could very well decide to cancel the project of holding the 2014 World Cup in South America”. “I’m not a prophet but if conditions are not appropriate, the World Cup will probably move to North America”.

Stadiums

Brazil's stadiums, date mostly from the 1950s and 1960s and are in a general state of disrepair. Ricardo Teixeira (Brazilian football supremo) and FIFA boss Joseph Blatter acknowledge that Brazil has to build 10 or 12 new stadiums for the World Cup, given the current (July 2006) state of the arenas.

Domestic football

Brazil's domestic football suffers from severe financial difficulties, somewhat chaotic administration and crowd violence.

Brazil must go through full bid process

On 25th April 2006, Blatter dismissed reports that FIFA would look at a joint bid for the 2014 World Cup from Argentina and Chile and said that Brazil must go through the full bidding process even if they are the only candidate: "Even if there is just one bid they will need to go through the process and present their bid".

2007 Pan American Games

The 2007 Pan American Games is in Rio de Janeiro, and this will indicate as to whether Brazil is ready for the Soccer World Cup. Construction for this event is behind schedule (July 2006) and some projects such as subway links have been scrapped.

Centennial anniversary

Because of the backing of the South American Federation and that fact that the Brazilian Soccer association CBF will celebrate its centennial anniversary, Brazil were hands-on favourites to organise the Soccer World Cup 2014.

Pele proposed as 2014 World Cup chief organizer

Pele (Edson Arantes do Nascimento), was on the 22nd September 2006 nominated for the presidency of the 2014 World Cup organizing committee, should Brazil win the right to host the competition. Pele said he would accept the Brazilian Football Federation's proposal, as long as there were no unforeseen problems - adding that he would speak to his legal advisors about how leading the committee would affect his 20-year contract with a firm that bought the rights to his image. Pele has previously headed a World Cup organizing committee -- that of the United States for the 1994 World Cup.

"We cannot sacrifice people", said Pele in July 2006, warning that a Soccer World Cup in Brazil is only tenable if it is financed privately and not by the state.

Lula da Silva, Brazil's president (2006)

BRAZIL's president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, promised to back the country's bid to host the 2014 World Cup.

Speaking after a meeting with Ricardo Teixeira (Brazilian Football Confederation president) in Brasilia, he said "After 64 years, Brazil meet all the criteria to organise the World Cup and the country deserve it...Football is the greatest passion in the country and it deserves to host the World Cup...I will give all the backing necessary to Ricardo Teixeira so that, 64 years on, we can hold the World Cup in Brazil....It's unbelievable that a country which has won the World Cup five times and which, during decades, has had the best team in the world, has not brought another World Cup here."

Ricardo Teixeira (president of Brazil's confederation)

Ricardo Teixeira said (15 April 2006) that Brazil's private sector would be more than capable of helping Brazil build new stadiums and properly prepare for the 2014 World Cup. "The World Cup is an event that rewards those who want to invest," Teixeira told sports daily Lance on Saturday. "And there's never a shortage of investors interested in soccer in Brazil." Regarding Blatter's comments (on 12 April 2006) on Brazil's stadium not being up to scratch Teixeira said, "I'll write a letter to congratulate him. What he said served as an alert, not only to me, but to all Brazilians. We need to do our homework and get organized."

Links

Conmebol official site

Wikipedia : Conmebol

References

29 September 2006

Brazil deserves 2014 World Cup: FIFA

23 September 2006

Pele proposed as 2014 World Cup chief organizer

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