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BRAZIL WILL DELIVER

There has been a lot of doubt about a Brazil’s ability to deliver World Cup stadiums at the time of the event and the latest comment from the Brazilian sports minister has done nothing to quell the speculation. A number of stadiums have been upgraded in order to meet the norms of FIFA, which is responsible for holding the World Cup. However, Brazil have delayed the construction work so much that the country will find it very difficult to cope with the huge number of tourists arriving for this major tournament. Due to the delay in construction work for the stadium starting itself, the country has been unable to upgrade the transportation infrastructure.

This led to widespread protests against the government during the Confederations cup. There was also the danger of this tournament being cancelled midway because of these protests. Brazil’s sports Minister Aldo Rebelo has said that the construction work should be accelerated if the stadiums are to be completed by the start of the tournament. Brazil was able to host the Confederations cup a little easy because of the stadiums that were already present and closing completion. One of the main stadiums for the World Cup at São Paulo is close to 80% completion.

“This must be seen as a warning. We cannot keep on the same rhythm, or we will not deliver them on time. It is possible to intensify. We are able to meet the deadlines, but it should be noted that it will require us to speed up the construction. There will be no budget increase, because, for example, instead of paying 10 workers during two months, you can pay 20 to work for 30 days,” said Rebelo. The announcement that no extra funding will be coming from the government could be a major blow in itself.

COUTINHO WANTS TO PLAY

Liverpool’s January signing from Inter Milan – Philippe Coutinho – has said that he desperately wants to play for Brazil at the World Cup 2014, which will be held at the South American country. The Brazilian arrived in an £ 8 million deal from Inter Milan in January. He has been impressive in his few appearances for Liverpool so far. Now, the midfielder is hoping that this good run of form will help him get into the national team. The attacking midfielder last made an international appearance back in 2010, which also happens to be his first appearance as well.

Brazil will be hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and there is extreme pressure on the South American nation to win this tournament. The five-time world champions always face a lot of pressure when it comes to major tournaments like the World Cup and the Copa America. The pressure this time around will be significantly greater since the tournament will be at home. Coutinho has said that it is the dream of every Brazilian player to represent his national team at the World Cup. He is also inspired by the achievements of previous great Brazilians like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Coutinho is hoping to strike a partnership with the fellow South American Luis Suarez.

“It was an honour for me when I was called up the first time. At the moment my aim is to play well for Liverpool and to learn and develop as much as I can. But I am sure if I play consistently well for Liverpool then the Brazil coach will notice me and I’ll be called up for the national team. Every player has a dream to play for their national team and especially in a World Cup. The fact the next World Cup is in Brazil makes that extra special,” said Coutinho.