With the Preliminary Draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil today, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter addressed the press on Wednesday 27 July in Rio Janeiro where they restated their belief that Brazil 2014 would be a success.
On the Preliminary Draw, Blatter said that “I’d like to thank the Organising Committee, the government of the State of Rio de Janeiro and local authorities in the city for the facilities they have put at our disposal for these three days.
The FIFA World Cup brings people together like no other event in the world. On Saturday, 2,000 people will attend the draw, and some 1,000 journalists will cover it. It will be our privilege to welcome the President of Brazil Roussef, and Pele, honorary ambassador of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Prominent figures from Brazilian culture, sport and business will also be present. During the 888 days that follow the draw, 824 matches will be played across the world, eventually providing us with the 31 teams that will join Brazil tournament.
The FIFA president also spoke about Brazil thus: “With five FIFA World Cup victories, including three Jules Rimet trophies, Brazil is the most successful country in the history of the competition. The last time the event was held here was back in 1950, and 61 years later, we’re very confident that Brazil 2014 will be a triumph.
There is a lot of mutual trust between Brazil and FIFA, something which was confirmed during our third meeting with the Organising Committee on Tuesday. Brazil is a football nation, and always possesses the best players in the world. But it’s also a country full of happiness and joy, and we look forward to some exciting action in 2014. As far as the stadiums and transport links are concerned, there is still some work to be done, but the Ministry of Sport as well as the President are confident everything will be ready.
On refereeing, Blatter stressed that “We have begun to restructure our refereeing department by calling on the expertise of former Swiss referee Massimo Busacca. We set ourselves a goal in the autumn of 2010 that we would only have professional referees at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. At the beginning of March 2012, the International Board will meet to decide whether or not to adopt goalline technology.
If it is proved to be accurate and affordable, then it could be introduced in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, as well as in other football associations and leagues that wish to make use of it. As regards the issue of the two additional assistant referees, this will be decided on at another IFAB meeting in the wake of UEFA EURO 2012 in July.
On the possibility of aligning the international calendar with the World Cup Blatter said, “The aim is to have the highest level of quality on the pitch in 2014.
To achieve that, relevant discussions will be held within the Committee for Club Football. We will end up with a consensus. Football is a large family in which everyone listens to each other and different interests must be respected.
The international calendar is the response to the problem of having tired players at the FIFA World Cup. But the interests of clubs and national associations are not the same, and we have to take both sides into account.”