By Vicente Dattoli
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 6, 2007 - Brazil as a whole is making a great effort to obtain FIFA's nomination to host the World Cup 2014.
Nothing less than 22 cities have answered the document called by CBF (Brazilian Confederation of Football) a Host City Agreement (Acordo da Cidade-Sede, in Portuguese).
These cities are: Rio Branco (Acre), Manaus (Amazonas), Salvador (Bahia), Fortaleza (Ceará), Brasília (Distrito Federal), Goiânia (Goiás), Campo Grande (Mato Grosso do Sul), Belém (Pará), Curitiba (Paraná), Recife e Olinda (Pernambuco), Teresina (Piauí), Natal (Rio Grande do Norte), Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), Florianópolis (Santa Catarina), Campinas e São Paulo (São Paulo), João Pessoa (Paraíba), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais), Maceió (Alagoas) e Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro).
The deadline to hand in the Host City Agreement ended on May 31 and the document should have been signed by mayors or council representatives, according to FIFA.
The interested cities should also hand in the so-called Stadium Agreement (Acordo do Estádio) considering the conditions of stadiums, which already exist, or are yet to be built.
As for the delivery of the documents to be considered valid, state governors whose cities are candidates had to answer a questionnaire from the Regional Book of accountabilities, besides sending photographs of the listed stadiums. CBF has already informed, though, that only 12 cities are going to be selected for the World Cup 2014 – and, if the qualifying games for the World Cup 2010 are a preview test for the Championship of 2014, Rio de Janeiro (Maracanã), São Paulo (Morumbi) e Belo Horizonte (Mineirão) may celebrate.