2014 Fifa World Cup
On Tuesday, 31 July 2007, the Brazilian Football Association (Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol, CBF) submitted its official bid for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, representing world football’s governing body, received the dossier from CBF President and FIFA Executive Committee member Ricardo Terra Teixeira on behalf of the Brazilian bidding committee, formalising this important step in the process to determine the host of football’s flagship competition.
“We have seen how football can bring joy and hope, and how it can unite people, with the victory of Iraq in the Asian Cup. And nothing brings more joy, hope and unity than the FIFA World Cup, when all the world joins together for a true celebration,” said the FIFA President while discussing with writer Paulo Coelho the steps towards peace in the world that sport can help make.
The Brazilian delegation, which apart from Paulo Coelho also included former player Romario, now a member of FIFA’s Technical and Development Committee, showcased its bid in a 30-minute presentation before the handover of the dossier, which took place in front of a FIFA delegation headed by the FIFA President and FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke.
Blatter said: “We initially expected more than one candidate in the bidding process, and were looking for eight to ten stadiums. That’s a compact number, which allows a better overview. Now we have just the one applicant, so there’s the possibility of a rethink on that one. There’s still plenty of time. At previous World Cups we had a preparation phase of six years, now it’s almost seven. If anything doesn’t work out we can start again.”
The next step on the road to the designation of the host of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ will be the inspection visit that FIFA will carry out in Brazil in late August to early September.