FIFA's Valcke: São Paulo will be ready to host World Cup opener
FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has no doubt that São Paulo will be ready in time to host the opener of the 2014 World Cup.
A few months ago, world football’s governing body had doubts about whether the venue would be finished by the December deadline established for all venues.
But Valcke, who is currently on a four-day inspection visit to see if Brazil have stepped up their preparations, revealed on Monday that he has confidence in preparations at the Arena de São Paulo.
He said: "I can tell you that the stadium will be given on time and yes it will be ready to organise the opening game of the World Cup.
"What has been done by the 2000 people working in the stadium is just amazing so thank you – all of you."
The Frenchman is also confident the tournament will go ahead as planned, just as the Confederations Cup did earlier this year amid civil unrest.
"Potentially things will happen at the World Cup and potentially there will be demonstrations," he added.
"What is important is that together, the local organising committee and FIFA organised the Confederations Cup with a high level of demonstrations – so we will organise the World Cup."
Valcke will also visit Curitiba and Manaus before attending a board meeting of the local organising committee in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.