Brazil Will be Ready to Host 2014 World Cup says Aldo Rebello
November 29, 2011
He cast aside doubters at the opening ceremony of the Soccerex Global Convention 2011 in Rio de Janeiro with his assertions.
FIFA officials, including general-secretary Jérôme Valcke, have repeatedly said Brazil’s preparations – in terms of building airports and stadia and ensuring venues will be ready on time – are behind schedule.
“Rest assured Brazil will have a great World Cup in 2014,” said Rebelo, speaking alongside Sérgio Cabral (Governor of Rio), Tony Martin (Chairman of Soccerex) and Mário Zagallo (former Brazilian footballer and manager).
“We are going to have a good World Cup in terms of organisation. The federal government, the state governments and the municipal governments of the 12 host cities are fully engaged in organising this event to meet all the expectations of the world, of our country, of the athletes, the tourists and the organisers and promoters.”
Rebelo, who last month replaced Orlando Silva following his resignation amidst a corruption scandal, added that in the lead up to the World Cup “there will be conflict and a contradiction or another” but it will be resolved by “seeking harmony” between the various stakeholders.
“From Tibet to Patagonia,” he added, “humankind expects Brazil to have a good World Cup.”