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Sep 17, 2013

Brazil eyes 2019 women's World Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Brazil's sports minister says the country is interested in holding the women's World Cup, perhaps as early as 2019.

That would make for a very crowded calendar since Brazil is also slated to hold the Copa America in 2019 -- the men's continental championship.

Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo says he has made initial contact with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, though he acknowledges competition may be tough. Canada will hold the 2015 women's World Cup.

Brazil is preparing for next year's World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Both projects are struggling to stay on schedule and are facing public scrutiny about the billions being spent on sports events, particularly in a country with poor public services, high taxes and stark inequality.

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