Sao Paulo World Cup venue to miss FIFA deadline

Editors' Picks

  • Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter

    Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter

    Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter

    By Stefanie McIntyre HONG KONG (Reuters) - FIFA president Sepp Blatter has encouraged fans to be optimistic that the World Cup in Brazil will be a success, amid growing concerns over security and public unrest as workers scramble to finish stadiums on time. "It is my 10th World Cup... and I can tell you I have never seen a World Cup that everything is ready, completely ready before the kick-off," Blatter told reporters in Hong Kong on Thursday. "Football, with more than 300 million active …

  • Dietmar Hamann: Manchester United should consider Rafa Benitez to replace David Moyes

    Dietmar Hamann: Manchester United should consider Rafa Benitez to replace David Moyes

    Dietmar Hamann: Manchester United should consider Rafa Benitez to replace David Moyes

    Former Liverpool player Hamann suggests Rafa Benitez for Manchester United job …

  • Rumour: Manchester United chasing PSG striker Edinson Cavani

    Rumour: Manchester United chasing PSG striker Edinson Cavani

    Rumour: Manchester United chasing PSG striker Edinson Cavani

    Manchester United are chasing PSG striker Edinson Cavani to join them in the summer …

  • David Moyes’ fate was seasled in today’s managerial circus show

    David Moyes’ fate was seasled in today’s managerial circus show

    David Moyes’ fate was seasled in today’s managerial circus show

    In the modern world of result oriented football, David Moyes didn't get the time required to build a side at Manchester United. …

  • Uruguay not among world's elite, says coach

    Uruguay not among world's elite, says coach

    Uruguay not among world's elite, says coach

    By Malena Castaldi MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Copa America champions Uruguay are fifth in the FIFA rankings, finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup and in Luis Suarez have one of the world's deadliest strikers, but coach Oscar Washington Tabarez does not rate his side among the elite football nations. We in Uruguay are not among the powers, not even in the South American region, and I think that’s the reason we find the qualifiers so hard,” Tabarez said on Wednesday. Uruguay scraped into three of …

  • Roy Keane could return to Manchester United

    Roy Keane could return to Manchester United

    Roy Keane could return to Manchester United

    Roy Keane could return to Manchester United for a second time. …

Sao Paulo, May 7 (IANS) The construction firm responsible for Sao Paulo's new World Cup stadium admitted that the venue would not be ready until March next year, missing the deadline set by world football's governing body FIFA by more than two months.

Frederico Barbosa, chief engineer for construction company Odebrecht, said Monday a contractual obligation to fit the stadium with 48,000 permanent seats would be met by Dec 31, reports Xinhua.

But the installation of temporary stands that increase the venue's capacity to 68,000 is expected to take at least another two months.

"We have to finish construction of the roof and this prevents us from starting work on the temporary stands," Barbosa said.

"We can try to bring this forward but it still won't be finished until after (the deadline). It will take another two or three months."

Known in Brazil as the Itaquerao, the stadium's redevelopment is the least advanced of any of the 12 World Cup venues.

Odebrecht is still awaiting a promised $200 million loan from state-run banks and has threatened to stop work if an imminent deal is not struck.

It is not just Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium that has caused concern for FIFA.

Each of Brazil's six venues for June's Confederations Cup - considered an organisational warm-up for the World Cup - long overshot their original deadlines of December 2012.

Brasilia's Estadio Nacional is still yet to be reopened despite being scheduled to host the Confederations Cup opener between Brazil and Japan, June 15.

Last week, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke reiterated delays would no longer be tolerated.

"I repeat again: the completion of work at the remaining World Cup stadiums has a strict deadline, which is December 2013," he said.

Most Popular Stories

  • 15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

    15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

    Tech in Asia
    15 new Asian smartphone makers hoping to crush Samsung and Apple

    Samsung is the world’s – and Asia’s – top smartphone maker. But there are a lot of rival phone-makers out there aiming to dethrone the likes of Samsung and Apple. That competition is especially strong ... …

  • Why I went in search of the erotica writer Mastram

    Grist Media

    A filmmaker remembers the heat and thrill this mysterious Hindi writer gave sexually curious boys in the 80s and 90s. But would he be able to find the man behind the heady pseudonym? …

  • Who will run this country anyway?

    Who will run this country anyway?

    Box Populi
    Who will run this country anyway?

    Modi offers us an alternative, but our collective survival will depend on our silence. …

  • Deepika's retro bun - only six steps away

    Deepika's retro bun - only six steps away

    IANS
    Deepika's retro bun - only six steps away

    New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) Actress Deepika Padukone is a sure shot winner when it comes to fashion and beauty, and most women want to ape her style. Grab a comb, clips and serum to achieve her retro bun hairdo, says an expert. Navyata from Hindi fashion channel FOMO (Fashion on My Own) shares how to create a retro bun inspired by Deepika: * Start by brushing your hair to detangle it so that it is easier to style. If you have frizzy hair, apply a small amount of serum to detangle and …

  • Heart attacks could soon be history

    ANI

    Washington, Apr 23 (ANI): Johns Hopkins scientists have found a way to block abnormal cholesterol production, transport and breakdown, successfully preventing the development of atherosclerosis, the main cause of heart attacks and strokes and the number-one cause of death among humans. The condition develops when fat builds inside blood vessels over time and renders them stiff, narrowed and hardened, greatly reducing their ability to feed oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle and the brain. …