The FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke has said that he is extremely happy with the preparations by the Brazilian government for the 2014 World Cup. He has also spoken about the disappointment around the negativity surrounding the preparations.

Brazil recently marked only 500 days to go to the start of the tournament, but with lacklustre preparations by the government, there has been a lot of criticism. However, the general secretary of FIFA, Jerome Valcke has jumped into the defence by saying that he does not understand the reason for people concentrating only on the negative aspects.


The former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco has said that he believes that the appointment of the former Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari as the national team manager once again will be a good move for the country.

Brazil recently sacked the manager Mano Menezes in favour of the former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led the nation to the fifth and the last World Cup triumph in Japan almost decade ago. Even though this has been viewed as a step backward by several media – who were in support of bringing the former Barcelona manager Guardiola, Deco believes that this is a great appointment.


The Everton and the United States goalkeeper Tim Howard has said that he is confident that the nation can do a lot of damage at the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Brazil.

United states are expected to qualify for the tournament under the guidance of the former Germany manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who has been doing a stellar job since being appointed as the national team manager. The US recently had a 2-2 draw with Russia in extremely hostile conditions. It is a result that he was a lot of confidence to Tim Howard.


The United States national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann has said that he has decided to leave the former Hull city striker Jozy Altidore for the upcoming matches in the World Cup qualifying.

The US national team will be facing two matches in the semifinals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The team certainly needs to manage victory when they take on Antigua and Barbuda in the first match before playing against Guatemala a few days later.

The US national team will be looking to finish in either of the two qualifying spots available. The former Bayern Munich manager Klinsmann has said that he is expecting a disciplined and defensive approach from the opposition in these matches.


The Scotland manager Craig Levein has said that he is confident that the nation can finally end the long wait to participate in the World Cup by qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

After the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was a major success, the party will be moving to Brazil in 2014. Scotland failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup and numerous major tournaments prior to that. It has left the nation with major disappointment when it comes to the national team, but the manager has said that he hopes 2014 World Cup will be a different story for Scotland.
Scotland recently saw the Republic of Ireland achieve success in the form of qualifying for a major tournament.


The South American nation Brazil today named the list of cities that are likely to host the 2014 FIFA World Cup by acting as the base, with Luis Suarez on hand to help the PR stunt.

Brazil is a vast country and one of the main disadvantages of hosting the FIFA World Cup in a large country is the huge amount of travelling involved. Brazil are likely to find a solution for this problem by hosting the FIFA World Cup in certain select cities. In order to prepare the cities, they have named a list of 54 cities that are likely to be selected for this purpose. This list has been drawn in addition to the already named 12 cities.


Stoke city striker Peter Crouch has said that he was extremely disappointed to be left out of the Euro 2012 selected by the manager Roy Hodgson, but has said that he will definitely make it into the squad for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.

The 31-year-old striker has a fantastic record for the England national team after having scored 22 goals in just 42 international matches. However, he failed to be a first-team regular under the former manager Fabio Capello, while he was left out of the squad entirely by the former Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson, who took over the England managerial job recently.


Brazilian national team coach Mano Menezes has said that he is extremely delighted with the progress of the national team under his regime.

Mano Menezes took over as the national team manager from Dunga after the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in which Brazil were extremely disappointing.

Mano Menezes immediately took upon the role with the focus on bringing young players into the national team, while also making the team more attractive like in the past. The coach has a number of young and exciting players like Neymar, but he has been handed the difficult task of building them with a very young platform.


Fernando Torres’ spectacular return to form continued with a hat trick against QPR, his first since 2009. The Spaniard insisted the best is yet to come despite having hit seven goals in his last 11, having previously gone 25 games without a goal.

Torres feels he is approaching a return to his absolute best in the run in for the title and ahead of Spain’s Euro 2012 campaign. And a return to the standard he reached at Liverpool would be most welcome for Chelsea and Spain in their respective campaigns for European glory this summer.
When asked if he was returning to his best the Spaniard simply replied “Do I feel like my old self? Yes.”


Local organisers of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil have said that they have had an extremely satisfactory meeting with the officials from FIFA regarding the progress of the work for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and also for the 2013 Confederations Cup.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter recently travelled to Brazil in order to view the work going on for the 2014 FIFA World Cup first hand.

He has said that he is extremely satisfied with the progress going on regarding this event. FIFA have already had a bad experience when it comes to hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa when huge labour strikes led to delay the construction work.