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Brazil names Mineirao as possible 2014 venue

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium was put forward on Tuesday as one of the possible venues if the 2014 World Cup is awarded to Brazil.

'The Mineirao is one of the few stadiums in the country where it is possible to carry out the ample reforms required by FIFA,' said Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira.

'It has the advantage of a lot of space which can be adapted for parking,' he said after meeting Aecio Neves, governor of Minas Gerais state of which Belo Horizonte is the capital.

'Minas is ready to be one of the World Cup venues,' said Neves. 'We hope that Brazil play here or that the opening game takes place here or maybe even the last game.'

Brazil hosted the World Cup in 1950 when Belo Horizonte was among the venues, staging the historic match in which the United States beat England 1-0.

Brazil and Colombia are the only candidates to host the 2014 World Cup, which FIFA has allocated to South America.

Brazil are favourites as they have the backing off all the other South American federations, minus their opponents.

FIFA, due to choose the organisers in November, have said that the World Cup could go elsewhere if neither candidate's bid is up to scratch.

Brazil has so far put forward few concrete proposals about how it would stage the event.

The country would have to make huge improvements to its stadiums, transport and hotel infrastructure to meet FIFA requirements while public safety is another major worry.