Thursday, October 20, 2011

FIFA set to announce Brazilian cities for 2014 World Cup

The announcement will also answer doubts over the amount of travelling teams and their supporters will have to do between the 12 venue cities which extend from Manaus in the heart of the Amazon basin to Porto Alegre in the far south.

In 1998, FIFA has ditched the concept that teams should be based on one venue for the group stage and has sent them cavorting around the various hosts nations since then.

However, Brazil's sheer size combined with severely limited transport options is likely to force FIFA to use the old system.

With the tournament being played in winter, teams forced to play at different ends of the country could also face huge changes in playing conditions, with tropical weather in the north and chilly temperatures in the south.

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