No 'plan B' raises World Cup questions

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When the decision was made to award Brazil the right to host the 2014 World Cup, it was a time to rejoice as the tournament headed to the competition's most successful team for the first time in 64 years.

Not since 1950 have teams from across the globe travelled to Brazil, in which time A Seleção have been crowned world champions on five occasions.

Such is the vastness of the country, organising the World Cup was always going to prove to be a logistical nightmare, but the initial proposals were enough to satisfy FIFA.

However, with a little over two years left until the tournament begins, serious concerns have been raised over the likelihood of construction being completed on schedule.

FIFA's secretary general Jerome Valcke has expressed his dismay at the minimal progress being shown, and says some elements are an astonishing five years off the pace.

"I don't understand why things are not moving," he said, according to the Daily Mail.

"The stadiums are not any more on schedule and why are a lot of things late?

"In 2014 we will have a World Cup. The concern is nothing is made or prepared to receive so many people because the world wants to go to Brazil.

"I am sorry to say but things are not working in Brazil. You expect more support - there are these endless discussions about the World Cup bill. We should have received these documents signed by 2007 and we are in 2012.

"You have to push yourself, kick your a*** and just deliver this World Cup and that is what we will do."

Valcke also added that, if Brazil were unable to meet the hosting requirements in full, FIFA have 'no plan B' and fans travelling to the tournament would suffer.

But the fact that FIFA are beginning to display public concern about the deliverance of this World Cup raises questions as to why no contingency plan is in place.

The World Cup is the jewel in FIFA's crown and the failure to have any alternative arrangements when it comes to hosting the competition is, quite frankly, baffling.

The bidding process in itself is already highly criticised, particularly after Qatar defied expectation and were awarded the right to host the World Cup in 2022.

Brazil's current failings threaten to make a further mockery of the system currently in place, during a time in which faith in the competence of world football's governing body is at an all-time low.

FIFA has frequently been shrouded by accusations of corruption, while Sepp Blatter's comments following the race row between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra were those of a man ignorant to the game's most important issues.

As far as Brazil 2014 is concerned, one can only hope they organising committee are able to deliver the tournament promised, as it has the potential to be one of the most joyous occasions in the history of the sport.

However, the failure by FIFA to implement a 'plan B' reeks of complacency and will do nothing to dispel the accusations of incompetence directed towards Blatter.

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