Former Germany international and current USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann paid a visit to the headquarters of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Local Organising Committee this Thursday.
The ex-striker was in Rio de Janeiro to attend the International Football Forum (Footecon) and took the opportunity to find out how the LOC operates, check the progress being made at the stadiums and speak to the heads of the Competition Department.
“It’s going to be a memorable event for the whole world and for the people of Brazil in particular,” said Klinsmann, voicing his belief that Brazil 2014 will be nothing less than a success. “There are a lot of infrastructure issues that need to be sorted out before the teams arrive in the Host Cities, but even so this is sure to be a tournament that’s remembered first and foremost for the Brazilian hosts.”
Brazil 2014 will bring about many significant changes for millions of people across the country, one of them being improvements in public transport. In the northeastern city of Fortaleza, for example, the construction of a new metro line linking the southern and central parts of the city is nearing completion and will open next year.
There are already very clear signs of the legacy that the staging of the world finals will have for Brazil. The preparations taking place across the nation to ready it for the influx of visitors from near and far is providing a boost for local economies and generating employment and training opportunities.
In addition to improvements in services and the creation of jobs, there will also be thousands of vacancies for volunteers, who will have a vital contribution to make in ensuring the success of the biggest footballing show on the planet.
The LOC and FIFA are hoping to open the application period for the Brazil 2014 volunteer programme in the first half of next year, with some 80,000 people expected to apply for the 15,000 to 18,000 places to be filled.
Tribute was paid to the valuable work performed by these unpaid heroes last Monday, 5 December, which has been declared International Volunteer Day by the United Nations as part of an initiative designed to promote volunteering.