Brazil submits bid for 2014 WC

Updated: 15 April 2007 15:59 IST

Brazil is the sole remaining candidate to host the 2014 World Cup with Colombia out the contest.

Brazil submits bid for 2014 WC

Zurich:

Brazil is the sole remaining candidate to host the 2014 World Cup with Colombia out the contest.

Brazil submitted its bidding agreement forms yesterday before the April 16 deadline, while FIFA said the Colombian football association pulled out on Wednesday. No reasons were given for the decision.

It now has to provide the necessary government guarantees and complete its bid by the end of July.

FIFA will then visit Brazil in September and its inspection group will submit a report by November 1.

The FIFA executive committee is expected to name the host nation later in November.

In Brazil, the sports minister said the country was confident it would get approval and eager to show it was prepared to stage the World Cup.

"I am confident we will win (approval)," minister Orlando Silva de Jesus Junior said. "We will show FIFA's executive committee that Brazil has the capacity to be the host."

Brazil has won a record five World Cup titles but has staged the event only once, in 1950 when Brazil was favoured to win but was upset in the final by Uruguay.

Silva de Jesus Junior and Ricardo Teixeira, president of the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, yesterday met President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - an ardent soccer fan - to discuss the process of winning FIFA approval.

Silva de Jesus Junior said Brazil planned to offer 18 stadiums to host World Cup games, and FIFA will choose from among them. No estimate of costs was available.



Topics : Football Brazil
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