Australia’s 2014 FIFA World Cup clash against Spain on June 23 will go ahead in Curitiba as planned, according to media reports.
Australia-s 2014 FIFA World Cup clash against Spain on June 23 will go ahead in Curitiba as planned, according to media reports.
FIFA.com has reported that a special committee has reconfirmed Curitiiba-s status as a venue for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the location set to host a number of matches including the Socceroos- match against reigning World Cup title holders Spain.
FIFA Secretary General Jeroma Valcke confirmed the status of the venue, which is now due to be completed by mid-May.
“It is essential that the works are maintained at the required levels and that a collective effort by all the stakeholders involved in Curitiba continues,” Valcke said.
“It is a race against a very tight timeline and will require regular monitoring, but we are counting on the commitment made by the Atletico Paranaense, the city and the state of Curitiba.”
Luis Fernandes, Brazil-s Deputy Sports Minister and the executive coordinator within the government for the FIFA World Cup™ told FIFA.com that works at the ground have progressed well in recent weeks.
“We are very pleased that the agreed-on three measures plan is working out and that all parties involved in Curitiba are now working in one rhythm and in the right direction,” Fernandes said.
“It is great to see the significant progress made since our last visit. It-s a city which lives and breathes football.”
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