Following a meeting of the Board of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ on Thursday 16 May in Rio de Janeiro, FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, LOC President Jose Maria Marin, Brazil’s Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and LOC Management Board member Ronaldo all took part in a press conference.

At the same event came the announcement of the number of tickets for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 sold so far, which currently stands at 640,635 – 76.23 per cent of the total available. Also on the agenda came the presentation of three uniformed volunteers, who were representing the nearly 6,000 volunteers set to take part in the competition that kicks off on 15 June. brings you the pick of the comment from the press conference.

Jérôme Valcke, FIFA Secretary General:
“It’s really good to think that the national teams in the FIFA Confederations Cup will be playing here very soon, in fantastic stadiums like the ones in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, which I visited on this trip through Brazil. In two weeks’ time the first team coming to take part in the FIFA Confederations Cup will arrive, and the others will come soon afterwards. We’re moving into competition time.

“We’ve sold more than 76 per cent of tickets, which is a fantastic response from Brazilian fans and makes it one of the best-organised FIFA Confederations Cups in the competition’s history. From 1 June fans will have the opportunity to acquire the remaining tickets. The record for sales for a FIFA Confederations Cup is 86 per cent, from Germany 2005, and I believe that could be beaten.”

Jose Maria Marin, LOC President:
“We’re 30 days away from the most important tournament Brazil have hosted since the FIFA World Cup 1950. The FIFA Confederations Cup is much more than a test: the Festival of Champions is our chance to show the world we can deliver an unforgettable tournament for the fans, participants and the media.

“The six Host Cities have done a great job in building their magnificent stadiums. But our work goes beyond the stadiums. One of the great legacies of the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup will be quality playing surfaces worthy of our great players, which will help the development of our country’s football.”

Aldo Rebelo, Brazil’s Minister of Sport:
“This meeting marks the culmination of the hard work put into preparations by Brazil, the states, the Host Cities and the LOC for this FIFA Confederations Cup. Our country has put in a lot of effort to meet all the commitments it made in order to host the FIFA Confederations Cup, to the standards which we ourselves expect. Due to the singularity of our relationship with football, the world has different expectations about how any football-related event in Brazil should be.”

Ronaldo, member of the LOC Management Board:
“We’re 30 days away from the FIFA Confederations Cup and I don’t think there’s anyone left who believes we won’t have the stadiums ready. Now we’re going to change the focus and start to talk about things Brazilians really enjoy: the players, the game, the important things that are about to happen. As you know, Bebeto and I are part of the LOC as volunteers, the first volunteers. For that reason, it’s my pleasure to introduce three people who represent Brazil’s enthusiasm for this competition and the nearly 6,000 other FIFA Confederations Cup volunteers who, without a doubt, will welcome everybody with a huge amount of affection and joy. Good luck and thanks to you all.”