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Brazil Host Cities & Stadiums
The World Cup is less than a year away and there are legitimate concerns that Brazil will have their stadiums up to par by that time.
There have been many construction delays, rising building costs, issues with stakeholders, and arguments with FIFA. On top of these issues there have been safety concerns at several of the World Cup stadiums mainly at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the World Cup final next July.
In May of this year Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff stated, "Our people have the determination, capacity and competence necessary to make the best Cup ever.” She said this the very day that the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium’s roof collapsed and that stadium was inaugurated in April.
There have been political issues as well, which has halted the construction of several of the stadiums, as workers have complained of working conditions and have refused to work. Most of the major issues in construction have been with the six stadiums that were not used in June’s Confederations Cup.
The costs of the construction of the stadiums has been enormous for Brazil and a recent study has shown that the cost will be three times higher than that of South Africa for the last World Cup in 2010.
The increased construction cost is not good considering that was the reason there were clashes between police and demonstrators outside three of the six stadiums in the Confederations Cup. The protesters complained that too much money was being spent on both the Confederations Cup and the World Cup while much of the population of Brazil is struggling financially.
There is still time for Brazil to get their stadiums ready before kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, but many issues remain.
List of World Cup Host Cities and their Stadiums
Belo Horizonte (Estadio Mineirao)
Brasilia (Estadio Nacional)
Cuiaba (Arena Pantanal)
Curitiba (Arena da Baixada)
Fortaleza (Estadio Castelao)
Manaus (Arena Amazonia)
Natal (Estadio das Dunas)
Porto Alegre (Estadio Beira-Rio)
Recife (Arena Pernambuco)
Rio de Janeiro (Estadio do Maracana)
Salvador (Arena Fonte Nova)
Sao Paulo (Arena de Sao Paulo)
Second Time Around
Brazil has won the most World Cups (5) and the only time they hosted the event in 1950 they came in second place losing to Uruguay 2-1 in the finals. They have the best betting odds to win the World Cup next summer.
The 1950 World Cup was the first since 1938, as the 1942 and 1946 World Cups were cancelled because of World War II.