12 Jan 2012

Claims Brazil won't be ready for football world cup

3:21 pm on 12 January 2012

The former World Cup winner Romário de Souza Faria says Brazil won't be "100 per cent ready" to host football's 2014 World Cup, as work on two of the 12 stadiums won't be completed in time.

The retired football star, who is a lawmaker with Brazil's Socialist Party, also believes none of the cities involved will complete work on public transportation in time.

He also warned that the total cost for staging the World Cup could jump from an estimated $US44 billion to $US55.5 billion.