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Football: Be optimistic about Brazil, it will be ready, says Fifa chief Blatter

Published on Apr 24, 2014 5:35 PM
 
The interior of the Arena Pantanal soccer stadium is pictured as it undergoes construction in Cuiaba on April 23, 2014. Fifa president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (REUTERS) - Fifa president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time.

The Swiss said similar public scepticism had accompanied preparations for previous World Cups and yet the tournaments had proved to be successes, despite not all the work being finished.

"It is my 10th World Cup... and I can tell you I have never seen a World Cup that everything is ready, completely ready before the kick-off," Blatter told reporters in Hong Kong on Thursday.

"Football, with more than 300 million active participants, more than one billion fans, they are now waiting for this World Cup. It is in Brazil, it is a country where football has been, let's say the best footballers of the world are from.

 
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