Wednesday, September 9, 2009

FIFA says that Morumbi doesn't meet World Cup's requirements for 2014

The FIFA's General Secretary, Jerome Valcke, said last September 8th — in Africa — that Brazil still needing to work out for the 2014 World Cup and made many criticisms about the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.

"On the recent visit to Brazil we found, for example, serious problem of space in Sao Paulo, since there is no required number of available seats inside the stadium" said Valcke. "Sao Paulo Stadium is unable to host the opening game of the World Cup and nether host any competition playoffs, such as: semi-final or final" reinforcing. The secretary believes that the solution would be to build a brand new Stadium.

The main complaint is about the space outside the Stadium, "which has no parking and no safe areas around it". Any Stadium has to provide enough space for a media center, VIP area, parking for special television truck broadcaster and general parking area to receive any World Cup Game.

Upon hearing the comments of the FIFA's General Secretary, the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) said that they've never said that the Morumbi in Sao Paulo will open the World Cup. This decision will just come out at the end of 2010.

The Executive Committee Paulista stated that "All the reports made by FIFA's technical department, since 2007, have being evaluated and solutions have been found. On September 4th, as scheduled, was sent an update of the project. This report was supported by the German company GMP, responsible for adjustments to the Stadium of Berlin in the German World Cup and also to the World Cup in South Africa. The city of São Paulo is working out to meet FIFA's requirements. Surely, Sao Paulo will be prepared, along with the other host cities to represent Brazil in the World Cup."
[source: estadao]

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