FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has expressed his concern over the preparations of World Cup stadiums during the final inspection of the host cities. Valcke is concerned over the preparations in Natal, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo.
The Arena das Dunas stadium in Natal will host 5 Group Stage matches. The matches to be hosted in this stadium are Mexico vs Cameroon (June 13), Ghana vs United States (June 16), Japan vs Greece (June 19) and Italy vs Uruguay (June 24). There are a few seats yet to be added to this stadium. Valcke used his official Twitter account to express his concern about the stadium:
— Jérôme Valcke (@jeromevalcke) May 28, 2014
On Twitter, Valcke said that on June 13, in the match between Spain and Netherlands at the Arena Fonte Nova, everything "must be perfect on that day" and there is "no time to waste".
— Jérôme Valcke (@jeromevalcke) May 29, 2014
Valcke also stated that there is a lot of work yet to be done in Estádio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre. Apart from the Group Stage matches, Estádio Beira-Rio will also host a Round of 16 match between the winner of Group G and the runner-up of Group H on June 30.
Work to deliver the complementary structures at Beira-Rio did not stop. But lots yet to be done here in Porto Alegre pic.twitter.com/yqBntBeDK0
— Jérôme Valcke (@jeromevalcke) May 21, 2014
Valcke also stated that the Arena de Sao Paulo still requires a 100% for the necessary structures to be in place before the opening game. Apart from the Group Stage matches, Arena de Sao Paulo will also host a Round of 16 match between the winner of Group G and the runner-up Group H on June 30. Apart from the Group Stage matches, Arena de Sao Paulo will also be the venue for a Round of 16 match between winner of Group F vs runner-up Group of E and will also host one Semi-Final match (winner of Match 59 and winner Match 60).
Arena de Sao Paulo still needs 100% from everybody to guarantee necessary structures are in place for opener. (1/3) pic.twitter.com/koKXDu5qZ3
— Jérôme Valcke (@jeromevalcke) May 19, 2014
Despite the concerns over the World Cup stadiums, Jerome Valcke seems to be positive with the preparations. Here are some of his tweets related to the stadium preparations:
"Pleased with Salvador’s commitment to work with our on-site team to finalise remaining works for fans, media & teams."
"Arena Pernambuco on track for hosting 5 #Worldcup matches. Installations are taking shape really well here."
"Great to see the comprehensive plans in place for fans in Fortaleza for six #WorldCup matches & FIFA Fan Fest."
"I am sure fans will have a great time in Manaus, enjoying the unique & amazing setting in Amazonas."
Former Brazil striker Ronaldo has also expressed his feelings over the World Cup preparations.
Getty Images: Ronaldo
He said: "I have followed everything very closely. "I had hoped everything would work out — even at the last minute. It's a shame. I feel appalled. There is a disregard for the population. I think, primarily, serious planning was lacking for everything to have been delivered. We had time — seven years. I got on the (organizing) committee because it (the Cup) was a great opportunity for Brazil. We are failing to take advantage of it. Nobody here will ever see another World Cup in Brazil” - TIME
"In 2007 when they decided that the World Cup would be in Brazil, President Lula signed everything and agreed to everything and then they get here and there's this bureaucracy, total confusion and lateness. It's a shame. I am embarrassed, this is my country and I love it and we shouldn't be transmitting this image abroad. But we mustn't forget that Brazil wasn't perfect before the World Cup. It was the same or worse." - Daily Mail.