Brazil World Cup in 2014 still on, no alternatives: FIFA

Valcke, FIFA Secretary General, who caused a storm last year when he said Brazil needed a "kick up the backside" to get World Cup preparations on track, said the Confederations Cup had been a great success.

updated: June 25, 2013 15:16 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke on Monday insisted football's world governing body had received no offers from any country to stand in as hosts for the 2014 World Cup with Brazil racing to be ready in time.

"I have never received any official offer from countries around the world to stage the World Cup in 2014," Valcke said in Rio.

Valcke dismissed fears that Brazil, which is hosting the Confederations Cup dress rehearsal event and has been beset by popular protests against the multi billion dollar cost of hosting the Confederations Cup, the World Cup and the Olympics in 2016, would not make the date as it races to overhaul infrastructure and ready 12 venues across the country.

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