5 Mar 2014

Blatter says Brazil problems are under control

11:07 am on 5 March 2014

The Fifa president Sepp Blatter says problems with Brazil's World Cup venues are under control with just 100 days to go before the first match kicks off.

Brazil is racing against time to complete stadiums, airports, communications infrastructure and transportation systems as the June 12th opening day approaches.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said at the weekend that the world body faced a huge challenge following delays in building stadiums.

The Sao Paulo stadium that hosts the opening match is not due to be ready until May while other stadiums in Curitiba and Manaus remain unfinished.

Blatter says the Brazilian spirit of the game and the Brazilian ability to play football makes this World Cup very, very special.

Brazil, who last hosted the tournament in 1950, are the only nation to have won the Cup five times and also the only ones to have played in every finals.