Brasilia's top official hits out at Sao Paulo

2007-12-11 19:13:38 Xinhua English

BEIJING, Dec. 12 -- Brasilia governor Jose Roberto Arruda said on Monday he wanted the Brazilian capital to host the opening game at the 2014 World Cup and hit out at Sao Paulo, describing the financial center as arrogant.

Sao Paulo is expected to stage the prestigious opening game when Brazil hosts the tournament while Rio de Janeiro has emerged as favorite to stage the final. Brasilia is one of 16 other cities that are bidding for the right to stage games.

Brazil, awarded the 2014 World Cup by soccer's governing body FIFA in October after being the only candidate, plans to use between 10 and 12 venue cities.

"Sao Paulo is sometimes like the older brother who had everything going for him, he has money, he studied, but he hasn't got patience with the other brothers who haven't had such a good life," Arruda said.

"It's a certain show of arrogance. We want the opening game to be here because Brazil is not just Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo."

Arruda promised that Brasilia would do its homework and that investments in transport would be a priority.

The city plans to stage matches at the Mane Garrincha stadium, which would be almost completely rebuilt. The last international to be staged at the venue was a World Cup qualifier against Chile in 2005.

(Source: Shanghai Daily/Agencies)

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