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Volume 10 No. 24
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Site Of Confederations Cup, 2014 World Cup Nears Long-Awaited Completion

Brazil's Maracanã football stadium "took a step closer to readiness" this weekend with a sound and lighting test, according to INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The stadium "is now 97% ready with just some seating to be installed." On Saturday, the stadium will see the first test game since its closure for renovations -- a friendly between friends Ronaldo and Bebeto. The game will be played behind closed doors with only employees and family members present. A crowd of 19,000 "is expected." President Dilma Rousseff will also attend. For completion "there are still some seats in the lower stands to be installed" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 4/22).