Valcke smiling, but WCup still a concern for FIFA
Valcke smiling after final visit to Brazil, but World Cup remains a concern for FIFA
Associated Press
2014-04-26 10:22 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke ended his final visit to Brazil before the World Cup with an upbeat message, saying that in a few weeks he will be celebrating the start of a successful tournament by drinking a "caipirinha" cocktail with Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo.

But it was clear that FIFA's top World Cup official wasn't fully happy with what he saw in Brazil, where there is still a lot to be done in very little time for the June 12-July 13 tournament.

Valcke noted a "very tight schedule" to finish work at the much delayed Sao Paulo stadium, complained that the other two unfinished venues didn't have many of their seats installed, and sent a blunt warning to organizers struggling to organize the fanfests that FIFA requires.

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