The joint FIFA/LOC delegation paid a visit to another 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ venue on Thursday, their port of call being the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, the third stadium they have visited in the last three days.
Accompanying FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke were Bebeto and Ronaldo, both of whom are members of the Management Board of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Organising Committee (LOC), the Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Ministry of Sport Luis Fernandes, and Brazilian artist and FIFA ambassador Romero Britto.
Also in attendance were LOC President Maria Marin, the President of the Sao Paulo Football Association and FIFA Executive Committee member Marco Polo Del Nero, and Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, as well as a number of other FIFA and LOC dignitaries.
The imposing Estadio Nacional, which will be the second-largest venue at Brazil 2014 with a capacity of 70,064 spectators, was proudly presented by the Governor of the Federal District (Brasilia) Agnelo Queiroz. The stadium has applied for LEED Platinum certification as a sustainable building and will stage the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on 15 June next year.
“The opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup is a great responsibility for us,” said Queiroz. “This great tournament will be an opportunity to show Brazil to the world. We are working very diligently and with great care, and putting everything we have into staging the best FIFA World Cup and FIFA Confederations Cup. Thanks to our collective efforts we will reach all of our objectives.”
Following the presentation, the delegation made its way to the centre of the stadium, where the two former Brazil stars gave the workers a thrill by showing off their ball skills and taking a few penalties. Rebelo, Marin and Valcke joined in the fun and acquitted themselves well, especially Marin, a former professional player who has lost none of his touch on the ball nearly 60 years after hanging up his boots.
The opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup is a great responsibility for us.