Brazil’s Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo met with executives from world football’s governing body and the 2014 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee Brazil (LOC) in Zurich on Tuesday. On the agenda was the progress of the preparations for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 and the world finals a year later.

The information provided during the meeting was as follows:

Stadiums

- Significant progress has been made at the venues for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013, in particular Salvador, Rio de Janeiro as well as the yet-to-be-confirmed Salvador and Recife..

- There are 23,306 workers currently involved in the construction of the 12 stadiums across the country. Of this number, some 19,086 (81 per cent) are working on the stadiums to be used at the FIFA Confederations Cup, which underlines the commitment of the tournament’s host cities and states to meet the deadlines set.

Infrastructure

- Transport, urban mobility and accommodation are regarded as essential factors in ensuring that fans travelling to Brazil for the FIFA World Cup enjoy their time there. It was confirmed that progress has been made in the last few weeks in terms of airports and urban mobility.

- The LOC and the Brazilian government have put in place a system for analysing and monitoring the progress of the construction projects on a detailed basis. To date 108 meetings and events have been held with Host Cities, state governments and transport authorities. Though analyses are still being carried out, several obstacles have already been identified in some cities. These points will be discussed with the relevant authorities with a view to identifying solutions. The monitoring process, which is being conducted with the support of an international consultancy firm, will also continue.

FIFA, the LOC and the Brazilian government are confident that with regular updates on the progress being made in the main areas of operation, solutions can continue to be found to ensure that Brazil can successfully host the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. FIFA, the LOC and the government will present further updates every six weeks, following each LOC Board of Management meeting.