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Nov, 8, 2012

FIFA confirms Confederations Cup cities

Brazil will be able to host the 2013 Confederations Cup in the six venues it originally planned to, FIFA has confirmed.

Football's world governing body had previously announced six cities as hosts for the tournament, but doubts had been raised about Brazil's ability to cope with infrastructure and deadline demands.

Slow construction progress, especially in the north-eastern cities of Recife and Salvador, prompted FIFA to create back-up plans for extra stadiums in case the original proposals fell through.

Brazil's local organising committee had until this month to convince FIFA that their stadiums would be ready in time for next year's competition, which is a warm up for the 2014 World Cup.

And FIFA announced on Thursday that venues in Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador should be ready by April next year.

Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), said: "For the first time, this competition will be organised in six cities of the same country.

"We have made a commitment to perform at least two test events,which will give us knowledge and experience in transportation, security, access, infrastructure for press and all that is needed to welcome the public.

"Moreover, our team of technical experts, engineers and architects will intensify the monitoring of the work."

The Confederations Cup will be played from June 15-30, with the draw for the tournament taking place on December 1.

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