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Brazil under the world cup cosh

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FIFA inspectors landed in Brazil this week amid increasing tensions between football’s world governing body and the 2014 world cup hosts.

There have been growing concerns over the readiness of the stadiums and unsolved infrastructure bottlenecks.

Only last week FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke upset Brazilian officials when he said they needed a ‘kick up the backside’ to speed up preparations.

Former Brazil player and member of the local organising committee Ronaldo echoed FIFA’s concerns.

The former FIFA world player of the year said: ‘‘Brazil made a commitment to deliver several infrastructure works and there are many things behind schedule.”

Forty FIFA experts have gone to Brazil to evaluate the progress of stadiums, airports, trains, roads and hotels in host cities.

Brazilian economist and infrastructure expert Marcelo Neri said: ‘‘This is a serious problem and Brazil’s infrastructure will have to improve very quickly, otherwise the problem will never get better, it will only get worse with time.”

Brazil is now in a race against the clock to get the stadiums and infrastructure ready in time to host a successful world cup in a country where football is almost a way of life.