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Brazil: problems persist ahead of football World Cup

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The clock is ticking down fast ahead of the football World Cup in Brazil. With 100 days to go, four of the stadiums are still under construction and infrastructure problems persist.

Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s General Secretary, admitted there is a lot of work to do and FIFA is working at “200 kilometres per hour”.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter remains as optimistic as ever. “Listen 100 days; It’s a long way to go, and it’s a short way to go if there are still problems. But now all problems are under control,” he said.

Security is high on the agenda 150,000 troops and police will be on duty, plus an extra 20,000 private security staff.

Violence broke out in Brazil during the Confederations Cup last summer as locals protested against a rise in bus fares, government spending priorities and poor public services.

Despite everything, demand for tickets is high with 1.5 million have already been sold. Just under 160,000 remain.