SAO PAULO, May 28 (Reuters) - Work on Sao Paulo's planned
stadium for the 2014 World Cup will finally start on Monday as
South America's largest city battles to avoid missing out on the
However, the announcement by Corinthians, the club building
the stadium, and construction company Odebrecht, came too late
to prevent the city missing out on the 2013 Confederations Cup,
regarded as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup.
"Corinthians and Odebrecht announce that the excavation work
for the building of the stadium in Itaquera, in the eastern
region of Sao Paulo, will begin next Monday, May 30," said the
first half of a two-sentence statement.
The other half of the statement was to warn potential
job-seekers that there would be no immediate vacancies.
This came after hundreds of building workers swamped the
site last Monday, believing that work was about to start, in the
hope of securing a job.
"The forecast is that this stage of the work will last
around three months," Corinthians said. "During this period,
nobody will hired directly on the building site.
"As soon as places become available, Corinthians and
Odebrecht will disclose the selection process."
Corinthians, one of Brazil's most popular clubs, has
previously estimated that the stadium will take around
two-and-a-half years to build and should be finished by November
or December in 2013.
The World Cup is due to be start in Brazil the following
Sao Paulo's preparations for the World Cup have been plagued
by delays and problems.
Last year, FIFA and Brazilian organisers rejected the
Morumbi stadium, the city's originally proposed venue, after
local authorities failed to get financial guarantees to cover
the costs of the rebuilding work.
Work on the Itaquera ground has been delayed because of
planning problems and because Corinthians had originally planned
a 48,000 seater stadium, which would be too small for the
opening match, leading to disagreements over who would pay for
the extra capacity.
On Friday, FIFA said that Sao Paulo and Natal had both been
ruled ineligible to host the Confederations Cup because their
stadiums would not be ready in time.
Sao Paulo still hopes to host the showpiece opening match in
2014, but missing out on 2013 is likely to seriously damage its
(Reporting by Tatiana Ramil; Writing by Brian Homewood;
Editing by John O'Brien; To comment on this story email
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