Valcke makes key Brazil visit as Confed Cup nears

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Amid concerns about stadium construction delays, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has arrived in Brazil to check on preparations just over three months before the Confederations Cup begins.

Valcke is visiting three host cities and will participate in a board meeting of the local World Cup organizing committee at the end of his three-day trip.

He begins in the northeastern city of Recife, which is yet to deliver its stadium for the warm-up tournament. He will then head to Belo Horizonte, which faced problems at the inauguration of Mineirao Stadium earlier this year. His last stop is in Rio de Janeiro, which will host the final.

FIFA initially wanted all six venues to be ready by December but was forced to extend the deadline until April 15 because of delays.

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