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ZURICH: FIFA President Sepp Blatter is unruffled by Brazil’s stop-start preparations for the 2014 World Cup, saying delays and hiccups are part and parcel of the run-up to the tournament.
“With the power of Brazil, and I don’t only speak of the economic power but also with the willpower, Brazil will be ready and will deliver a wonderful World Cup,” Blatter told reporters at a news conference at FIFA headquarters yesterday.
“When there is one year or less to go before the World Cup, there is always the question of will they be ready. But they will be ready because it is the World Cup and nobody can afford not to be ready.
“There is no problem and I can say, definitely, don’t be afraid. It’s all a question of trust and confidence and trust and confidence from the FIFA side is totally there,” added Blatter, seated alongside Brazil Sports minister Aldo Rebelo.
Brazil’s preparations have been dogged by delays to stadiums and other infrastructure and deadlines have been repeatedly missed.