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Blatter confident it will be a great Cup, after meeting Brazil president Rousseff

Friday, January 24th 2014 - 02:07 UTC
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter played down concern about sluggish World Cup preparations on Thursday, even when his deputy warned Curitiba must prove it can finalize work to remain a venue. Blatter met visiting Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at FIFA headquarters in Zurich and the pair both made positive noises about Brazil's ability to deliver come the big kick-off on June 12. Read full article


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  • ilsen

    Did she bring a suitcase of cash with her? Blatter has often been dogged by controversy and allegations of corruption. His tenure has seen controversy over allegations of financial mismanagement and the acceptance of bribes...
    He looks so happy... at a time HIS inspectors are not... hmmm... probably doing other dodgy deals in Davos...
    Just sayin...

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 02:28 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    So, everybody will be there except you lot...


    But I'm sure you will be talking about it though....

    Enjoy ;)

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 09:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Yes, it's another of Dilma's promises.

    Hope it goes better than usual, because all the others have been crap.

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 05:07 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Blatter just bsh****g as usual n being nice to Dilma ...Valcke somewhat worried.. and he should be.

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 09:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Fbear

    If you don't like Dilma, do't berate her here. Do it at the poll. If you don't live here, don't do it. She has made and kept many promises of worth to the Brazilian people.; Just because some people didn't like the content of those promises, that does not mean they were not good projects promised and, as we speak, being delivered. I see some results each day. I live here by choice mostly because of Dilma.

    Jan 24th, 2014 - 10:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 5 Fbear

    But Dilma cannot deliver on her promises can she?

    I used to think she was perhaps the president the country needs by Geoff Ward explained the endemic corruption that exists and the wrangling between many, many, “parties” that goes on to get anything done.

    It’s just like Uruguay, great country, crap political system stuffed full of commies and Marxists who are, in the main, illiterate and haven’t finished basic schooling and some are alcoholics. Pepe is also a murderer just like Dilma. Please don’t give me the crap that she was in charge but didn’t know what was going on.

    And as for your dictate that “If you don't live here, don't do it.” you can shove that up your arse. I live on this continent and what this woman does effects me and my wife so I will say WTF I want to. Is that clear enough for you?

    Jan 25th, 2014 - 10:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @#5 Fbear.. No, I don't like Dilma ; neither she, nor her mentor, have delivered on their campaign promises....unless you think that throwing money at the poor - “Bolsa Familia”, which has been manipulated and seriously deviated from it's original purpose - is the way to govern ?? ....what about the Tax Reform, the Civil Code (from 1943) Reform, the Political Reform ?? Nooo, those are too much bother.. leave the 'status quo' as it is , it's just the way they like it....what about the infrastructure ? the highways, railroads, airports, urban problems, you name it...with rare exceptions, a complete about SERIOUSLY fighting corruption, not just a few cosmetic actions here n there ...the sentences handed down to the “mensaleiros” (reluctantly condemned, or given light sentences, by the PT appointed Superior Court judges, Lewandowski and Toffoli) are a bloody joke...“Regime semi-aberto” ? what kind of f*****g punishment is that ?? Their strategy to remain in power is to buy the votes of the poor people - who don't know any better - and perpetuate their “projeto de poder”...anybody with half a brain can see through it. Lula's, as well as Dilma's promises are empty, but sufficient to distract the people's attention from the real problems...that's why we are hosting the World Football Cup in June, and the Olympics in 2016. And you can be sure, I never voted for those bastards, never will, and will do all I can to open stupid people's eyes, maybe even yours....and, I'll berate ole toothiepegs and the bearded-frog anywhere, anytime I want. If you love her, then by all means, defend her. It's your right.

    Jan 25th, 2014 - 06:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @5 I do understand your desire to defend your “president”. However, it must remembered that, at the bottom line, Rousseff is a Marxist terrorist. There are always a few sops to the peasants. But, out in the big world, we've seen it all before. Have you?

    Jan 25th, 2014 - 09:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    According to the Swiss press, our President made the stop just over the hill in Switzerland, to see Sepp after finishing Davos.

    After the meeting, Sepp changed the song he had been singing, previously playing both the “ No, won't finish in time ” song, and the “ All is well song. ”

    I think he got the rather forceful message, as now he is singing only the “ All is well, so on with the World Cup ” tune.

    The President then flew home kicking the football for the press, no doubt after kicking Sepp's balls to get in line. Just watch: Herr Valcke will be the fall guy.

    Good for her !

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 08:10 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Why is it all Brit expats gathers here?
    All of them have two things in common.

    They despise South America and want to change it to their liking.
    They chose to love in Soith America themselves...

    Hey, useless lot! Move to the Falklands and bloody stop crying!!

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 08:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yasu

    It is unfortunate that Wilma is forced to spend the huge amount of money for World Cup to enrich FIFA. Now almost all sport events have completely commercialized, forcing a country holding such a sport event to spend precious budget. Especially poor countries such as Brasil. Brasil can not get any money back as all the money goes to FIFA.
    Now it is not so prestigeous to have sporting events while ordinary people live in misery in Fabia, etc.
    For Wilma, spending such an amount of money reduces the oppostunity to be elected again, and this is unfortunate as she is supposed to be a good president and has a lots to do for the people of Brasil.

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @11 I don't think you really understand how these events work.

    For example, in 2010 when the FIFA World Cup was in South Africa, the government had certain expectations. The results were actually disappointing. South Africa spent £3 billion on venues and infrastructure. It expected to make £570 million PROFIT. In fact, it only made £323 million PROFIT. But that's nearly 11%. How much interest are you getting on your savings?

    And no, all the money doesn't go to FIFA. There have been 19 World Cups. And you believe that all the countries that hosted them were just giving money away? Not only that but they also “bid” to host the competition. What are you taking?

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 12:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    It's notorious that Lula (and now Dilma) are plugging the World Cup and the Olympics purely for political reasons...screw the short-term and long-term (negative) effects it's gonna have on the country...a few stadiums here and there aren't going to improve the Brazilians' standard of living...but unfortunately, the ignorant masses lap it up and think they are actually going to benefit from it. Those that will benefit from it, without a doubt, are the owners of the hotel industry, that has already tripled their rates for the event, and the stinking politicians in charge, who have already pocketed their profit - probably stashed away in Switzerland - before the World Cup has even started. Now, if you speak to the rabid PeTistas, they will defend all the government's lies, either because they are so fucking thick, or because they live under the illusion that they are going to get something for nothing...

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 07:06 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    We went out to a late dinner at a Churrascaria (Sal e Bras) and I had a nightmare due to all the meat digesting. ( Too much Picanha )

    Argentina was the host country for the World Cup.
    Christina had looted the FIFA coffers, and run off to the Seychelles with all the cash, leaving billions in debt.
    We had venue tickets, but no airline would fly into the country, as the airport services were behind in payments.
    We then tried driving there, but all the Argentines were flooding the frontier to get out of the country. Our national team could not get across to play, and forfeited the game.
    We tried to cross on foot against the mob, which took many hours. Our SUV was stolen and sold to Bolivianos.
    Finally, it was all getting to me and I had to go to the WC ( not the World Cup-the other one ) really bad, No one had any toilet paper, due to the shortage of everything. I was exploding.

    At this point, I woke up and ran to the bathroom.

    Relieved, I later told my wife about my nightmare.

    She thinks it is a Prophecy of things to come.

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 09:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    You'll end up in a toilet in the Argentine borderlands...

    Jan 26th, 2014 - 09:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 14 BOTINHO

    Don’t listen to the liar in 15: the argies don’t have toilets anywhere, especially the “borderlands”.

    I agree with you wife!


    Jan 27th, 2014 - 03:01 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    It is important to note that it will be a great cup. It's been a great cup ever since it was cast. The competition is another thing.

    Jan 27th, 2014 - 03:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    I agree with his wife too.

    He'll end up in a toilet in the Argentine borderlands, SUV stolen and no toilet paper...

    Some prophecy indeed...

    Jan 27th, 2014 - 03:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @14, sounds like “a day in the life” for many naive tourists who are going to come to Brazil for the World Cup....But of course, we shouldn't worry about that, after all, Dilma has given us her personal guarantee that “it is easy” to fix the problems ....can't wait to see...

    Jan 27th, 2014 - 04:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 19 Jack Bauer

    Well it will be for her, she will be off having something hot and throbbing between her legs.

    I take it her new Harley arrived on time?

    Jan 27th, 2014 - 09:53 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Chris @20, oh yes, she's probably warming her fat butt on it with Castro pawing her from behind - purchased while in Davos, paid for with government credit card....that is, taxpayers' money...sneaked in on the presidential airplane, and didn't go through Customs.....

    Jan 30th, 2014 - 07:38 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 21 Jack Bauer


    You have managed to give me god-awful images on three levels:

    1) Harley Davidson and its 12 months to 100 kph performance at five times; the price of a 250cc job that will piss all over it;

    2) Dilma’s fat butt;

    3) and the clincher – either of the Castro twats groping her tits!

    I shall have to go and lie down in a darkened room now.


    Jan 30th, 2014 - 09:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

    Chris R-

    Take it easy. Get a grip on yourself and relax, you naughty boy.

    Jan 31st, 2014 - 12:45 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Chris, I wouldn't darken the room if I wuz might have a bad dream.....imagine ole fat butt toothiepegs with the Castro bros, in a 'menage a trois', inviting you to join them...

    Jan 31st, 2014 - 08:59 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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