FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke and Brazil’s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo spoke with the media following their meeting to discuss issues related to the organisation of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2014 FIFA World Cup™.
The organisational meeting, which lasted for two hours, involved divisions of the Local Organising Committee and the FIFA divisions; serving to update members of the FIFA Executive Committee and the Organising Committee.
It was later announced that the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will take place at Costa do Sauipe in Bahia at 13.00 local time (17.00 CET) on 6 December 2013.
FIFA President, Joseph S. Blatter
It has been a pleasure and honour to receive Aldo Rebelo today at the Home of FIFA. And we are very happy how the population of Brazil is receiving this World Cup. I’m sure that the five time winners will present an outstanding competition in 2014. It’s a question of trust and confidence – and from FIFA’s side, it’s totally there. We still have more than a year to go and I am confident that through its economic power and strength of will, Brazil will be ready and deliver a wonderful World Cup.
But first we look forward to the Confederations Cup, the Festival of Champions. I will be present from the beginning until the end of that tournament and I will visit all the Host Cities for Brazil 2014 and meet all of their governors. I want to reiterate to the government of Brazil, especially the President, my respects and friendship.
FIFA Secretary-General, Jérôme Valcke
We received an update on the six FIFA Confederations Cup stadiums and also the six additional FIFA World Cup stadiums. We have agreed that the deadline of December 2013 is key for the preparation of the FIFA World Cup. We need time to be ready to welcome the thousands of journalists and fans in June 2014, so all the facilities and infrastructures can be fully utilised. The partnership between the Brazilian Government, the Local Organising Committee and FIFA is a strong and full one.
Aldo Rebelo, Brazil Sports Minister
The Salvador stadium will be delivered next week, with the President being present for that inauguration. The other stadiums will also be delivered within the agreed timeframe, with the test events already scheduled. I think the presence of the FIFA President during the Confederations Cup will be extremely important, so he can see with his own eyes the preparations for in all twelve World Cup host cities and the work which has already been done there.
We have made progress, due to the spirit of co-operation and harmony that exists between the Federal Government, the regional governments, the municipalities, the LOC and FIFA. The preparations for the World Cup will meet the expectations of the organisers and, of course of Brazil. We, the federal government, reaffirm our commitment to work with the host cities to have the other six FIFA World Cup stadia ready by December 2013 as agreed with FIFA. I am confident that we will meet all the challenges and fulfil the promises. This is a vital event for Brazil. We’re delighted and honoured to be able to host it.