Brazil's government says it's the right choice for next's year World Cup, reacting to FIFA President Sepp Blatter saying they might have made a mistake picking Brazil as the host.

At their height, more than one million people took to the streets in protests during last month's Confederations Cup — the warm-up for the World Cup — angry at Brazil's poor public services, contrasted with almost $14 billion being spent on the World Cup.

In a statement sent on Thursday to The Associated Press, the sports ministry said "the success of the Confederations Cup" showed Brazil was the correct choice.

The statement also called Brazil "a democratic country" in which citizens have a right to freedom of expression.