Friday, October 21, 2011

Fifa launches Brazil's World Cup plans in face of corruption charges

Fifa's president, Sepp Blatter, and the chief of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Ricardo Teixeira, are under the spotlight.

Most group matches to kick off at 5pm, 9pm or 11pm. In a break from tradition, Fifa has allowed four daily kick-off slots in the 32-team group phase instead of three, so one group match will start at 2am UK time after which there will be three group matches each day. The round of 16 and the quarter-finals will be at 5pm and 9pm. The semi-finals – to be played in Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte – will start at 9pm while the final, to be held in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracana on 13 July, will kick off at 8pm. The World Cup will kick off on 12 June 2014, a Thursday, with Brazil playing at a 65,000-seat arena being built at Itaquera in Sao Paulo. The Maracana will stage six matches in addition to the final, but the five-times champions, Brazil, will only play at the stadium if they reach the final.

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