Football Notes: Committee Says Maracana Stadium Will Be Ready For Confederations Cup
Brazil's 2014 World Cup organizing committee "has guaranteed Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium will be ready in time to host the FIFA Confederations Cup in June." The iconic venue "has already had its playing surface laid but is still awaiting the installation of its fibre-glass roof" (XINHUA, 3/17). Indonesia's two troubled football associations have agreed to merge, "ending a feud that had FIFA threatening to suspend the country from international competitions." A meeting Sunday "resulted in the dissolution of the breakaway Indonesian Football Rescue Association and an agreement to reconcile the country's two topflight championships next year" (AP, 3/17).