By Vicente Dattoli
An act signed by Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, on November 1 kicked off the official campaign for Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup, in an attempt to re-live what happened 64 years before - when, in 1950, Brazil hosted the tournament for the first and only time.
Re-elected three days before signing this act for a new term of four years to function as President Lula founded an inter-ministerial task force with the aim of devising any necessary state policies, of federal range, to enable Brazil to bid for 2014 in clear government support for the aspirations of the Brazilian football confederation (CBF).
“With this procedure we intend to show FIFA, its President Joseph Blatter and the whole world football community how seriously the Brazilian government is working to make Brazil the host country for the 2014 championship. I believe that, with this support, the process of candidacy is already at an advanced stage”, said the President of the CBF, Ricardo Teixeira.
The task force has representatives of the Ministry of Sports, Finance, International Relations, Justice, Tourism, Cities and Planning, as well as one member of the civil service appointed by the President. The group may invite any other representatives to join the studies and projects and CBF is a permanent guest at their meetings.
CBF now waits for FIFA to announce the period of enrollment so that when receiving the “Notebook of accountabilities”, it can undertake the necessary work to turn Brazil into the host country of the 2014 World Championship. “The Brazilian people deserve this gift. I promise I will do everything in my power to bring the World Cup to Brazil,” added Teixeira.
During the World Beach Soccer Championship, which took place in Rio de Janeiro in November, CBF’s President expressed his concern at the state of the two main stadia in Brazil - Maracanã (where the final of the 1950 World Cup took place), in Rio de Janeiro; and Morumbi, in São Paulo.