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FIFA concerned with problems at Sao Paulo stadium

Tuesday - 5/7/2013, 5:52pm  ET

**CORRECTS DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT ** FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2012 file photo, FIFA representatives tour the construction site at Corinthians stadium, which will host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilian organizers said Tuesday, May 7, 2013, they are facing challenges to meet FIFA's deadline for the stadium which will host the 2014 World Cup opener in Sao Paulo. FIFA has stated clearly that it will not tolerate delays with any of the 12 World Cup stadiums, which need to be ready by December. Only two of the six Confederations Cup venues were completed on time. The home of the June 15 opener in Brasilia is yet to be completed. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)

TALES AZZONI
AP Sports Writer

SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA again expressed its concern with Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup after local organizers said Tuesday they are facing challenges to meet the deadline for the stadium that will host the tournament's opening game in Sao Paulo.

A day after one of the engineers in charge of the stadium's construction said the venue is not expected to be fully ready by December as FIFA wants, local organizers said they are "looking for solutions" to speed up construction and finish the work on time.

FIFA has stated clearly that it will not tolerate delays with any of the 12 World Cup stadiums. Only two of the six Confederations Cup venues were completed on time. The home of the June 15 opener in Brasilia is yet to be completed.


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