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Volume 10 No. 25


A worker "fell 115 feet to his death" from the roof of the Arena Amazonia in Brazil on Saturday, the fifth fatal accident during construction of Brazil's 12 World Cup stadiums, according to Bruno Kelly of REUTERS. Local media later reported that "another worker had died of a heart attack at a convention centre next to the stadium in Manaus." The building "will be used to host meeting during the World Cup." The state's public prosecutor's office "asked a judge to suspend work on the Manaus stadium until safe working conditions could be guaranteed, though such requests are not often granted in Brazil." Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22, died in a hospital in Manaus around 4am. He "fell nearly 35 meters (115 feet) after a cable broke and became the fifth person to die while building the World Cup stadiums" (REUTERS, 12/15). In London, Jack de Menezes reported Brazilian firm Andrade Gutierrez, responsible for building the stadium in Manuas which is situated in the Amazonian region of Brazil, has said in a statement that "Ferreira worked for a company that had been contracted by them to build the arena roof, and confirmed that a full internal investigation would be launched" (INDEPENDENT, 12/14).

DOWNPLAYING THE PROBLEMS: REUTERS' Mike Collett wrote Brazil's "troubled buildup" to the 2014 World Cup continued on Saturday. Officials "moved to downplay a strike of 300 workers at the stadium in Curitiba." Miguel Capobiango, the coordinator for UGP Copa, the umbrella coordination organization for all World Cup projects in Manaus, said on a site visit last Wednesday that construction time on the stadium "had been increased and workers were now operating in three shifts for all but four hours a day." Atlético Paranaense Exec Marketing Dir Mauro Holzmann, whose team will play at the stadium after the World Cup, told reporters at a news conference at the stadium on Saturday that the strike "would be settled by Monday." Holzmann: "It was a small problem, a misunderstanding and it won't happen again. We had trouble getting access to government funds to pay the workers. Put it down to Brazilian bureaucracy" (REUTERS, 12/15).

The German national football team "wants to build its own headquarters for next year's World Cup in Brazil," according to the DPA. The German Football Federation (DFB) "wants to build a housing complex including 13 houses for national team players and supporting staff in Santo André in the Brazilian state of Bahia." The camp's official name will be "Camp Bahia." The million-euro project "will be carried out by a Munich-based company and reportedly receive financial support." A local hotel manager of German descent, Siegfried Michler, said, "DFB sponsors are helping with the construction. I know it is Mercedes." Less than one kilometer from the complex, the DFB "will build football fields, a media center and additional facilities." Michler: "I'm 100% certain, it's going to work." In order "to make travel as convenient as possible during the tournament, there is a local airport just 15km from the complex" (DPA, 12/13). FOCUS ONLINE reported German national team Manager Oliver Bierhoff said that the complex "is not only constructed for the DFB and its wishes." Construction of the complex "is expected to be completed in March." Bierhoff: "I'm sure that we will be very comfortable there. The facility offers every opportunity that we are wishing for during the hopefully long stay at the World Cup." Bierhoff made clear that the complex "is not purely being built for the DFB players and also not based on our wishes" (FOCUS ONLINE, 12/13).

Bulgarian club Levski Sofia "has put the reconstruction of its Georgi Asparuhov stadium on hold which new money is sought to complete the build," according to Alexander Krassimirov of INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL. The main stand "has already been demolished to begin construction of the new facility." Construction of the largest stand in the stadium "was scheduled to be completed in May next year, when the club celebrates its 100th anniversary." However, currently, Levski "has fallen into serious financial difficulty forcing the project is currently halted, said the club's owner lawyer Todor Batkov." He said, "The construction of the stadium is not going as planned. Obviously there is a delay and you can see it. We have money only for the wages of our players and employees" (INSIDE WORLD FOOTBALL, 12/13).