FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has described the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 as having the “highest quality” on-the-pitch compared to previous tournaments at a media briefing held at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro.
At the start of the briefing, it was pointed out that 61 goals (an average of 4.36 goals per game) have been scored, with 50.4m in just ten countries watching Saturday’s Group A match between Brazil and Italy and an independent poll highlighting that 71 per cent of people back the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil.
Also present Brazil's Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, President of the Local Organising Committee Jose Maria Marin, the FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and the CEO of the Local Organising Committee Ricardo Trade.
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter
From the organisational point of view I am particularly happy with what has happened here. We have received only compliments from the eight delegations that have been participating in this competition.
When we look on the pitch, I have to say this is the best FIFA Confederations Cup in quality that we have ever organised. The games have been entertaining and intense, but fair, with no direct red cards.
Obviously the competition has been played in a situation of social unrest, but I think football has played a positive part here. I can understand the social unrest, but football connects people. When we say football connects people, it has connected people in the stadiums. It was a good competition and we are happy to be back next year here in the FIFA World Cup.
We have to work together to have a legacy for this World Cup, not only for the stadiums, but also for environment, socially too – and that’s why we’re organising the Football for Hope Seminar in Belo Horizonte.
This is the first time that FIFA has started with the biological passport for anti-doping controls for blood and urine. All controls have been carried out out of competition, with all players absolutely negative. Goal-Line Technology also worked well, and although it wasn’t used directly in a contentious incident, the referees were happy with it.
President of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) José Maria Marin
We have worked with great effort in the last few months to be able to deliver not only a dress rehearsal for the FIFA World Cup, but an event of an international standard which shows our skills to perform something better and even more special in the year of 2014. We have lessons that will be passed on to the other host cities.
Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo
I believe that Brazil has done its utmost in order to organise the FIFA Confederations Cup, meeting all the expectations of the country and of the world. In the final we’ll see the five-times world champions against the current world champions here in Rio.
Obviously the matches occurred during protests in Brazil, starting in Sao Paulo before spreading to other cities. There are some who tried to relate the demonstrations to the FIFA Confederations Cup, but I believe they were started by internal problems: transport, health and educational issues. Even with the protests, the tournaments took place safely for the spectators and for the delegations. In summary, we faced these challenges, but the operational plans worked. Demonstrations are a democratic right, but people have a right to go to the matches safely too.