FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke was in Brasilia on Tuesday to visit the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha, the venue for the opening match of the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 on 15 June.
Joining Valcke in the Brazilian capital, which is the second stop of this month’s Host Cities' tour, were the Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo, former Brazil players Bebeto and Ronaldo, who both sit on the Management Board of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, and Agnelo Queiroz, the Governor of the Federal District of Brasilia.
After holding a meeting inside the stadium, the group of dignitaries visited the dressing rooms before making their way to the edge of the pitch, where they made a symbolic handover of a Brazil 2014 ticket to a representative of the workers. Workers involved in the construction of the 12 stadiums to be used at Brazil 2014 will be given tickets for a game to be held in their respective cities.
The delegation then gave a press conference at the Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha. FIFA.com rounds up what they had say.
FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke:“It’s a very nice stadium. For me Brasilia is right there on the list of the most beautiful of all arenas, and not just in Brazil. I am sure that the Brazilian fans who will be here in 31 days’ time for the opening of the FIFA Confederations Cup will be pleasantly surprised.”
Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo:“This stadium matches the ambition and audacity of the people who designed Brasilia, which is not just Brazil’s administrative capital but an integral part of a process that has united and brought a civic element to a country that is continental in its dimensions.”
Agnelo Queiroz, the Governor of the Federal District of Brasilia:“The comments that all the people here have made have strengthened our determination and will to work together in creating a special arena to host the start of the FIFA Confederations Cup. This venue puts us up there with the best stadiums in the world and will aid the ongoing economic development of the nation’s capital. It also shows the strength of our workers and of Brazilian technology and engineering. We can’t wait for 15 June to come.”
LOC Management Board member Bebeto:“We must congratulate the workers who got their hands dirty and worked tirelessly. I always say that these projects would not have been possible without them. Through the FIFA Confederations Cup we are showing that we have what it takes to stage major events.”
LOC Management Board member Ronaldo:“It’s a magnificent stadium. I put a photo up on the social networks when I got here and people replied saying it’s on a par with the best in the world, like Wembley and the Camp Nou. My congratulations to all those involved.”