Posted: Friday August 2, 2013 12:26 PM

With World Cup looming, FIFA to focus on stadiums

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SAO PAULO (AP) - With the World Cup less than a year away, FIFA says it will increase its monitoring of stadium construction in Brazil.

Secretary General Jerome Valcke said Friday that with preparations entering the final stages, the focus will be on making sure Brazil can have all 12 stadiums ready for football's showcase event which will kick off in June 2014.

There were several delays in stadium delivery for the Confederations Cup earlier this year and FIFA has made it clear that it will not tolerate the same problems again. Brazil has to deliver the final six World Cup venues by the end of the year.

Valcke said the Confederations Cup was a success but admitted that there were "a few challenges and deficiencies'' that need to be addressed for next year.
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