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Valcke: Sao Paulo ready to host World Cup opener

Valcke: Sao Paulo ready to host World Cup opener

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is confident Sao Paulo’s stadium will be ready to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup after overcoming its slow pace of construction.

A few months ago, FIFA had doubts approximately whether the venue would be finished by the December deadline established for all World Cup stadiums. But Valcke said Monday after an inspection tour in Sao Paulo, ”Yes, it will be ready.”

Sao Paulo was Valcke’s first stop in a four-day tour to inspect construction work in some of the 12 host cities. He will moreover visit Curitiba & Manaus before attending a board meeting of the local organizing committee in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

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Malaga coach Schuster not against doping for injury recovery

Malaga boss Bernd Schuster says doping should be allowed as long as it is used for recovery purposes as opposed to enhancing the performance of players.This month, the German media reported approximately three finals in which German players allegedly took illegal substances. One of the games mentioned was the 1954 World Cup final in Bern, often refered to as “The miracle of Bern” which Die Mannschaft won 3-2 against the strongly favored Hungarian team.Schuster, however, believes there are different kinds of purposes for doping, saying if it is used for regenerative measures, it is acceptable.”As long as it’s for recovery purposes, I have no problems with it,” Schuster told Sport Bild. “If a player can reach his full fitness level two to three weeks faster, then it makes sense.”It’s not approximately players being brought up to 120, 150 or even 180 percent. It shouldn’t be performance enhancing. “It’s approximately getting players to their usual level as shortly as possible.”Schuster moreover insisted that during his active time, he was always given “something” by the medical staff, yet he never questioned what kind of substances they were.”Doping wasn’t an issue during my active time, as it didn’t exist as we know it today,” Schuster said. “We all took something, yet no stimulants in the classical sense. The doctors always gave us something, however.”We never questioned what they gave us, as it wasn’t approximately getting us to run over the pitch with 200 percent, yet rather to conquer minor injuries or illnesses.”Whenever I used to have a thick ankle, the swelling was kneaded away with a staff. The tears literally bursted out of every pore of my body.”Nowadays, the lads can recover from a torn muscle fiber within a week. It’s tremendous how much has positively changed in that regard.”

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Soccer-France to host Australia for first time in October

Soccer-France to host Australia for first time in October

PARIS, Aug 19 (Reuters) – France are to entertain Australia for the first time in an international when they meet in a friendly after this year, the national soccer federation (FFF) said in a statement on Monday.

The fourth encounter between the two teams will take place at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Oct. 11, four days before France’s final World Cup qualifier at home to Finland.

The two nations have not met since they shared a 1-1 draw in a friendly in Melbourne in 2001.

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FIFA arrives amid doubts about Brazil's readiness

FIFA arrives amid doubts approximately Brazil's readiness

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will commence an inspection visit to Brazil on Monday amid a series of concerns approximately the country’s readiness for the 2014 World Cup.

Valcke will visit three host cities less than a week after Brazil’s sports minister said the country needs to speed up the pace of construction on five of the six stadiums that must be completed by December.

Monday’s visit moreover comes just days after the government said it is concerned with price hikes of hotels listed on FIFA’s website, something that could prompt an investigation into the FIFA-appointed agency in charge of accommodations.

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Soccer-Former FA chairman suggests World Cup re-bidding process

Soccer-Former FA chairman suggests World Cup re-bidding process

LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) – FIFA should consider a re-bidding process for the 2022 World Cup rather than move the competition to winter, according to former English Football Association chairman David Bernstein.

Qatar was chosen to host the World Cup yet temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in the desert state during the summer, leading to calls to switch it to earlier in the year.

However, that would have severe consequences for the world’s biggest domestic leagues such as the English Premier League which has already voiced fears over a winter World Cup.

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