Two More Brazil Stadiums May Be Cut From 2014 World Cup After Sao Paulo

Two of the 12 Brazilian soccer stadiums that presented proposals to host 2014 World Cup games may not be able to meet financing requirements, Tourism Minister Luiz Barretto said.

Privately owned stadiums in the southern cities of Porto Alegre and Curitiba are facing the “same problems” to raise financing as Sao Paulo’s Morumbi stadium, Barretto said in an interview in London today. Morumbi was yesterday excluded from hosting any games during the tournament after missing a deadline to present financial guarantees.

The two stadiums that presented proposals to host World Cup games are Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul state, which belongs to Sport Club Internacional, and Arena da Baixada, in Curitiba, Parana state, which serves Clube Atletico Paranaense, Barretto said.

The minister said the other nine stadiums, including Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana, are on track to host matches.

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