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Blatter praises World Cup organisation at Sport Seminar

FIFA President Joseph Blatter attending the opening ceremony of the Third Sport Management Seminar of the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, 2 July in Rio de Janeiro, said:

When you work with partners like government, based on trust, it’s easy. We still have eight games to go, so let’s hope that they are played in the same standard and with the same atmosphere we’ve experienced until now. Everything is great, the stadiums are magnificent. I can safely say that it’s a success. Where are all the problems everyone was talking about before? All that remains for me to do, is to thank the Brazilian people, who accepted the World Cup.

Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo added:

Brazil is fortunate to host and celebrate the most important event on the planet: the World Cup. The World Cup is able to beat all records in relation to the posting of information on social networks and TV ratings. And Brazil has the opportunity of hosting this event, with the prospect of changing and reforming the sport, making football in the country take up the challenge of professional management, without losing its essence and becoming only a good. This event is capable of lifting football in relation to sport economic settings, as well as the country’s economy.

The Executive Secretary of the Ministry of Sport Luis Fernandes, stated that the plan for the World Cup was put to the test and responded successfully:

We’ve had 56 games so far and there are only eight to go. Thirty-two teams were here and now there are only eight. Now, we only have six host cities. Our plan was put to the test and we were successful in all levels. I’m not going to assess this qualitatively, because we’ll provide an assessment after the World Cup, but if the predicted chaos had indeed occurred, those responsible would have been blamed for lack of planning. However, the opposite does not happen. If chaos didn’t take place it wasn’t because we planned well, but because God is Brazilian or people are passionate about football. Of course, this passion helped in the atmosphere experienced in the World Cup, but it doesn’t ensure that millions of people will be able to fly around the country and arrive at games. It also doesn’t ensure public transport, which provided access to the stadiums, nor power and telecommunications. This is the result of years of planning and work.

The first cycles referred to longer construction works like airports, mobility projects, ports and stadiums, which were listed in a document, the Responsibility Matrix. This document didn’t represent the cost of the World Cup, because from a FIFA point of view, the requirements for the tournament were only the grounds, telecommunications, power, airports and temporary structures.

What we’re seeing now with operations for staging the games is the consolidation of at least five years of planning. This governance structure is another legacy for Brazil.

Source: Brazil World Cup Portal – reporting by Gabriel Fialho.