FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke will depart on the next leg of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ host city tour on Tuesday, 28 August 2012. The first stop will take him to the capital of the state of Amazonas, Manaus, accompanied by Ronaldo, LOC Board of Administration member, and Luis Fernandes, Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport. Following meetings with the Governor of the state, Omar Aziz, and the Mayor of Manaus, Amazonino Mendes, the delegation will jointly visit the stadium before heading to Cuiaba in the evening.

“This time our journey will take us to two very special places in Brazil, the Amazon and the gateway to the Pantanal, perfect examples of the beautiful diversity of the country. The visits are very important not only to see the stadiums and the general infrastructure progress but also to be able to discuss with the host cities and states representatives our joint mission, as they are providing the essential playing field for the teams and their fans,” explains Jérôme Valcke.

In Cuiaba, located in the exact centre of South America, Jérôme Valcke, Ronaldo and Luis Fernandes will visit the stadium and other key areas in the preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ on Wednesday, 29 August together with the Governor of Mato Grosso, Silval Barbosa, and the Mayor of Cuiaba, Francisco Galindo. At the conclusion of the visit, the delegation will travel to Rio de Janeiro for the board meeting of the Local Organising Committee to take place in Barra da Tijuca on 30 August.