Valcke smiling, but WCup still a concern for FIFA

TALES AZZONI AP Sports Writer Published:

SAO PAULO (AP) -- FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke ended his final visit to Brazil before the World Cup with an upbeat message, saying he'll soon be celebrating the start of the tournament with Brazil's sports minister Aldo Rebelo.

But it was clear that FIFA's top World Cup official wasn't fully happy with what he saw in Brazil, where there's still a lot of stadium work to be done before the June 12-July 13 tournament.

Valcke says a "very tight schedule" is needed to finish work at the much-delayed Sao Paulo stadium and the other two unfinished venues didn't have many seats installed.

He reiterated that cities must provide fanfests after Recife officials said they would not stage a fanfest unless private partners were found to help pay for the event.