When FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke arrived at the new stadium in Manaus, Brazil, to promote a program that taught the World Cup city’s taxi drivers English, his cab was decorated with black tape.
Support among Brazilians for hosting soccer’s World Cup has fallen to an all-time low with the kickoff of the month-long tournament less than four months away, according to a poll released by Sao Paulo-based Datafolha.
Soccer governing body FIFA is rejigging plans for this year’s $5 billion World Cup in Brazil in case there’s a repeat of the civil unrest that surrounded last year’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up for this year’s event.
Soccer governing body FIFA decided a stadium in the Brazilian city of Curitiba will be ready in time for the World Cup, saving the host nation from the humiliation of losing a venue less than four months before the tournament.
A worker helping build a World Cup stadium in northern Brazil was killed in an accident today, becoming the sixth construction-related fatality at tournament stadiums as the country struggles to complete preparations before games begin in June.
FIFA lawyers are working to shut down a tax-avoiding structure used in the transfer of dozens of Brazilian soccer players, including a recent Real Madrid signing, two people with direct knowledge of the situation said.