FIFA has expressed growing concerns over Brazil’s readiness to host the World Cup in 2014.

Speaking at the World Football Forum in Moscow, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke claimed that the host nation has fallen behind schedule with its preparations for the tournament. He believes Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana stadium may not be ready until a few weeks before the kick off.

The outburst follows the news that a new stadium in Sao Paolo will not be ready for the 2013 Confederations Cup, which was seen as a World Cup dress rehearsal. Valcke told BBC News: "I won't say Brazil started too late but we are not advanced in Brazil.

"We don't have stadiums, airports, or a national transportation system," he added. "To deliver stadiums is the most important part... it's a lot of work. The Sao Paulo stadium is definitely not a World Cup stadium and that is why it is closed."

Brazil is the most successful World Cup nation winning the prestigious tournament five times. However the country has been heavily criticised for its planning since winning the rights to host its first tournament since 1950.

With just under three years to go until kick off the pressure will inevitably start to mount if notable progress is not made over the coming months.

Posted on 25/06/2011