Monday, June 01, 2009

Brazil: FIFA announces host cities for the 2014 World Cup

Xinhua reports Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia are among the 12 Brazilian cities selected as host cities for the 2014 World Cup, soccer's world governing body FIFA said on Sunday.

Brazil was originally scheduled to pick 10 host cities. However, after a strong campaign by the Brazilian government and the Brazilian Confederation of Soccer, FIFA agreed to increase by two.

Without any big surprises, the official host cities are: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasilia, Cuiaba, Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, Natal and Manaus.

Rio de Janeiro will host the final, while Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte are competing to host the opening match.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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