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SBD Global/December 6, 2013/International Football
FIFA's Sepp Blatter Hopes Damaged Sao Paulo Stadium Will Be Ready By Mid-April
Published December 6, 2013
BRAZILIAN APPEAL: The BBC reported FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke has "appealed to Brazilians to support next summer's World Cup," saying it would be the "wrong time" to protest. Valcke: "It is a right to demonstrate. For them, it's the best time. For me, it's the wrong time. A time where they have a national team who won the Confederations Cup -- a team that is the potential winner of the World Cup 2014. So there should be support from all Brazil for the organization of the World Cup." Valcke added, "We are not asking [them] to support FIFA, we are asking [them] to support the World Cup. Many of the protesters say the event is a waste of money at a time when there is a squeeze on living costs in Brazil." Some believe the public investment in the World Cup -- almost £8B ($13B) -- should "have been spent on schools, hospitals and transport." Brazil's three-time World Cup winner Pele "supported Valcke's call for calm next year." Pele: "I think the people should be very quiet and pay attention because this is a great moment for the country. It makes good publicity, investment, tourism. I think we have to be careful because it's a big opportunity" (BBC, 12/5).
U20 HOST SELECTED: The AFP reported South Korea was selected as the host of the 2017 U20 World Cup on Thursday. In a vote during FIFA's Exec Committee meeting in Brazil, South Korea "edged out" Azerbaijan for the right to host the world's premier youth football tournament (YONHAP, 12/5).