'Tensions between the game's governing body and the host nation had
become strained after Jerome Valcke had claimed that the tournament
organisers needed 'a kick up the backside'
Fifa president Sepp Blatter has described himself as "very pleased" with the outcome of Friday's meeting with his Brazil counterpart Dilma Rousseff over the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup.
have been claims that construction work on the selected tournament
stadia was behind schedule and that planned infrastructural improvements
within the host cities might not be completed in time for the big
Those reports led to Fifa general secretary
Jerome Valcke claiming that the organisers needed "a kick up the
backside", but Blatter is in no doubt that the World Cup is in good
hands after sitting down with President Rousseff in Brasilia.
idea now is the federal government works together with Fifa to
strengthen these ties and that it is best not to wait so long for the
next meeting, since the last meeting we had with President Dilma was
"President Dilma stated that all of the necessary
guarantees for the World Cup will be delivered to Fifa. We were very
pleased with the outcome of the meeting."
Brazil last staged football's biggest event back in 1950.