Sepp Blatter optimistic on 2014 after Confederations Cup

Blatter said he was full of optimism after Brazil set the seal on an entertaining tournament, the social protests on its fringes notwithstanding, by defeating world champions Spain 3-0 in Sunday's final in Rio's revamped Maracana stadium.

updated: July 02, 2013 11:06 IST
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Rio de Janeiro: FIFA president Sepp Blatter on Monday saluted a successful Confederations Cup, despite the event being marred by social protests, expressing confidence Brazil will deliver an outstanding World Cup next year.

"When we started the competition there was some uncertainty what would happen," admitted the head of world football's governing body, given Brazil faced a race against the clock to get stadiums ready on time and battled logistical and infrastructural problems.

The country also had to deal with the worst social unrest in more than 20 years as more than 1.5 million people took to the streets to protest a reported 15 billion dollar bill for staging the Confederations tournament and the World Cup in 12 months time.

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