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March 21, 2007
Stadiums under the microscope for 2014 World Cup bid

Stadium Maracanà, Rio de Janeiro

By Vicente Dattoli

RIO de JANEIRO, Brazil, March 21, 2007 – Brazil’s stadiums are currently being inspected for their suitability to host the games for the Football World Cup 2014.

Brazil is one of the countries that will bid to host the tournament.

President of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ricardo Teixeira, is visiting several capitals in the Northeast of the country this month to check which have the basic requirements for hosting matches in 2014.

Teixeira will pre-select 18 cities. Twelve may actually host the games with the others being used for the Brazilian team’s preparation matches as a consolation prize.

Now that arguments have been settled between the CBF and the government of the state of Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian team will resume playing in the Maracană, for the first time in seven years, during the play-offs for the World Cup 2010. The stadium, which is under reconstruction for the Pan-American Games, is being fitted out with seats that will be available to the public, new radio and television booths and a new press tribune.

It is expected that the Maracană stadium will host the return match of the Brazilian team this year - probably against Ecuador.

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