July 16 – Brazil’s deputy minister of sport tells INSIDER there will be a positive legacy after the World Cup, and the stadiums will not become white elephants. By Christian Radnedge.
July 19 – Cheapest Brazil 2014 tickets for international fans will cost $90; $15 for Brazilian residents… World Cup organisers “very comfortable” final six stadia will be delivered in December… Deputy sports minister Luis Fernandes responds to Blatter outburst. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.
Sept. 11 – Brazil’s deputy sports minister says hosting the 2014 World Cup two years before the Olympics will smooth the staging of the Games… World Cup organisers claim Sao Paulo stadium, venue for the opening match, is nearly 50 percent complete and will be finished by end of next year.
Aug. 31 – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke says Brazil 2014 is “on the right track” after his latest inspection of host cities for the upcoming World Cup. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
Aug. 28 – FIFA secretary general Jerome Valke begins his latest inspection of Brazil 2014 preparations amid ongoing concerns over delays in stadia and infrastructure projects… Police investigation centre to handle incidents of fan violence. INSIDER’s Mark Bisson reports.