Less than two months before the Final Draw takes place, more than six million ticket have been requested, ten teams have already qualified and over 150,000 people have applied to take part as voluntary workers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. While the trophy that will be held aloft by the World Cup winners on 13 July next year travels around the world, FIFA, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Brazilian government pored over the final preparations for the showpiece event.
An important step was taken this Thursday (10 October), with the last LOC board meeting before the week of the Final Draw, which will take place on 6 December at Costa do Sauipe, Bahia. The draw was one of the most important matters on the agenda, and as a result the Governor of Bahia, Jaques Wagner, attended the meeting.
Thursday also saw the official announcement that Florianopolis will host the 2014 FIFA World Cup Team Workshop from 18 to 20 February. At this event, the 32 participating teams will be given information about the organisation of the tournament, such as logistical data and orientation about transport to games and training sessions.
Some of the statements from the post-meeting press conference are below.
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke
"After our trips to Porto Alegre and Cuiaba, we’ve finished our city visits for this year. But we’ll take advantage of being in Salvador for the Final Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in December to visit the Arena Fonte Nova again."
"We need to be sure the pitches are in perfect condition so that the players have the best possible surfaces on which to play. The majority of the players who will be in Brazil next year are used to playing on perfect pitches. We have to make sure we can offer them the same high quality."
Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo
"Our tour of Porto Alegre and Cuiaba showed how advanced World Cup preparations are in those cities. In Porto Alegre, the local authorities gave us a presentation on urban mobility projects and their projected completion dates. In Cuiaba, we saw that the city is already in World Cup mood, with major infrastructure projects underway, and of course the stadium itself, which represents a real legacy for the people of Mato Grosso."
CEO of Local Organising Committee Ricardo Trade
"Our attention is now focused on the Group Stage draw for the World Cup, which will take place here at Costa do Sauipe on 6 December. It’s a really important step for Brazil, its states, and its towns and cities, as after the draw they will know which teams they will host. Another important point is that after the draw the host cities will be able to match the numbers of tickets sold with the fixtures, and this will allow them to organise their urban mobility plans."
FIFA Marketing Director Thierry Weil
"The ticket reservation window closed today with a total of 6,142,682 ticket applications. We’re delighted. More than 70 per cent of these applications were from Brazilians, which shows how excited local fans are about the World Cup. Approximately 29 per cent of the requests were from foreign fans, from 203 countries, which shows that the FIFA World Cup Brazil is an event of global interest."
Governor of Bahia Jacques Wagner
"We’re all working together and are sure that everything will go smoothly at the Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup. In comparison with our original plans we’re ahead of schedule. The draw is the first ‘postcard’ from the World Cup. It’s a really exciting moment, because the teams will find out who they’re going to play, and can even start to think about possible routes to the final."