Brazil lone candiate for 2014 WC

Updated: 01 August 2007 16:11 IST

With little pomp and fanfare, lone candidate Brazil submitted its bid on Tuesday to host the 2014 World Cup.

Zurich, Switzerland:

With little pomp and fanfare, lone candidate Brazil submitted its bid on Tuesday to host the 2014 World Cup.

The Brazil delegation showcased its plans in a 30-minute presentation before handing over a 900-page bid document to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. The delegation included Brazilian soccer federation president Ricardo Teixeira, former Brazil player Romario and author Paulo Coelho.

"This is a small ceremony but 185 million people are here with us," Teixeira said.

Bid organisers refused to publicly reveal details, including budget estimates.

Four years ago at the presentation ceremony for the 2010 World Cup, Morocco, Egypt, co-bidders Tunisia and Libya, and eventual winner South Africa, all revealed detailed information such as budget figures, crime rates, security plans and the status of their stadiums.

"Generally we have different candidates issuing bid documents for the World Cup," Blatter said. "This time we are alone with the CBF."

Brazil became the only candidate after Colombia withdrew its bid in April.

FIFA will now send an inspection team to visit Brazil in late August and early September.

Brazil has 18 cities hoping to be selected as a host venue, while bid organisers are hoping for around 12. FIFA prefers between eight and 10.

Topics : Football Brazil
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