Brazil eases FIFA concerns over Recife stadium

25th Oct 2012

Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo has reassured football's governing body that Recife will be ready to stage next year's Confederations Cup.

FIFA approval is yet to be granted for the host cities but the governing body had expressed concerns the 46,000 all-seater stadium would not be ready to host the tournament next summer, which is considered a dry run before the country stages the 2014 World Cup.

But Pernambuco State Governor Eduardo Campos guaranteed FIFA the Recife stadium will be ready on 14 April - two months before the World Cup warm-up tournament kicks off.

Rebelo added: "I'm confident the Arena Pernambuco will be delivered in time. The work has been progressing at a fast pace and the numbers show that it will be possible for the venue to be ready for the Confederations Cup. In November we will be able to have that confirmed.''

FIFA is set to reveal the host cities for the Confederations Cup at a meeting in Rio de Janeiro on 8 November, with its technical team currently inspecting the progress of Brazil 2014's stadia.

Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Salvador and Recife had all been provisionally booked as host cities for the World Cup warm-up tournament, although Salvador and Recife will only be confirmed if FIFA officials are pleased with the progress ahead of next month's deadline.

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