FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014: 100 days to go
Football fans all over the world will be excited this morning because it's only 100 days until the FIFA World Cup begins in Brazil.
As national teams enter their final phase of preparations — Wednesday in the only date this year before mid-May that all players are available to national teams for exhibitions — the Brazilian government is trying to ensure the country will be prepared for the 32-nation tournament, which opens June 12. Brazil had nearly seven years to prepare after winning the bid in 2007.
Four stadiums remain under construction, while work outside many of the venues in the 12 host cities is still ongoing and further doubts linger over the completion of airport facilities and fan parks.
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"Listen, 100 days, it's a long way to go, and it's a short way to go if there are still problems," Blatter said.
"But now all problems are under control and it will be, in 100 days, an exceptionally good start for an exceptional competition.
"The Brazilian spirit of the game and the Brazilian ability to play football makes this World Cup very, very special. I am sure it will be a great, great success."
Several events across Brazil are set to mark the 100-day point, with host cities planning to light up traditional buildings in the colours of the Brazilian flag.
Brazil, who last hosted the tournament in 1950, are the only nation to have won the Cup five times and also the only ones to have played in every finals.
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