Valcke confident World Cup stadiums will be ready
FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke says Brazilian organisers are working hard to ensure stadiums for the 2014 World Cup are completed in time.
Speaking at the Soccerex Global Convention in Rio, Valcke admitted some of the stadiums were lagging almost six months behind schedule, but said he was confident the challenges could be overcome with hard work.
"For the time being we are focusing on the Confederations Cup (in Brazil from June 15-30, 2013), which is played in a few months, less than a year," Valcke said.
"We are working on the six stadiums so I'm spending a lot of time in Brazil meeting the cities, the mayors, the governors.
"At least two stadiums will not be ready before mid to the end of April when the due date was December. So it gives us less time to test the installation, the infrastructure, to install systems, whatever it is - commercial, IT, TV.
"So yes there are some challenges but we are working very well all together."
Valcke believes Brazil organisers could learn a lot from how Russia has approached the hosting of the 2018 World Cup.
"The most important thing is what Russia is doing, as soon as you are getting the World Cup you should start working. You should not wait for the next World Cup," he said.
"You can learn from the organisation and you learn from what happened but you have to make sure you are using the time that you are given to work on the infrastructure.
"Stadiums is one thing, that takes 30 months, but you have public transport, mobility, airports, accommodation etc and all of these have to done on time.
"What I think Russia is doing quite well is that as soon as Russia got the World Cup they started working on the things that will take the most of time so they not be ready for 2017 but by the middle or end of 2016 so they can organise the event better."