4 cities vying for 2014 World Cup opener in Brazil
Thursday, September 29, 2011
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Four Brazilian cities are in the running to host the 2014 World Cup opener -- Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Salvador.
Sports Minister Orlando Silva says FIFA will announce the site next month. Rio is expected to host the final at Maracana Stadium.
Sao Paulo, the country's financial center, seemed the obvious choice for the opener. But the city only recently began building a stadium and there are doubts it will be ready on time.
Brasilia is the country's capital. The northeastern city of Salvador has an outside shot.