Blatter praises Brazil.

Blatter praises Brazil designs
It's one year until the 2014 World
Cup starts in Brazil and many of the
facilities will be tested at the Confederations
Cup which starts on Saturday.
Sepp Blatter has given a glowing endorsement of
Brazil's World Cup stadiums with a year to go until
the finals.
The FIFA president is due in the country this week
to attend the Confederations Cup, the event
customarily used as a test run by the World Cup's
host nation.
Work on six stadiums has been completed in time
for the eight-team tournament, but five more
remain unfinished and organisers have been told
FIFA will not extend a December delivery deadline.
Speaking to FIFA's website ahead of his Brazil trip,
though, Blatter preferred to praise the design of
the arenas rather than issue a further warning.
He said: "I've seen photos of the stadiums and I
really must congratulate the architects entrusted
with the design.
"They represent the jewel in the crown of the
respective cities. I'm delighted to have been given
the opportunity to go to Brazil 2013 and visit all
these cities."
The Confederations Cup is taking place across six
cities - Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Salvador,
Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte.
The 71,000-capacity Estadio Nacional in capital
Brasilia will host this Saturday's opening game
between the hosts and Japan.

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