FIFA says Brazil city staying in World Cup despite stadium delays

Soccer's governing body says a southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year's World Cup, despite serious delays in the renovation of a stadium.

Arena da Baixada stadium in Curitiba behind schedule in construction

This Jan. 21, 2014 photo released by Portal da Copa shows a view of the Arena da Baixada under construction in Curitiba, Brazil. (Alexandre Carnieri/Portal da Copa/Associated Press)

Soccer's governing body says a southern Brazilian city will host matches during this year's World Cup, despite serious delays in the renovation of a stadium.

FIFA says Tuesday on its official press Twitter account that the city of Curitiba is going to host the four World Cup matches slated to be played in the Arena da Baixada stadium.

Last month, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke gave local organizers an ultimatum: Drastically speed up construction or be dropped from the tournament.

While the city remains as a host for matches, the situation is an embarrassment for Brazil's government.

It has hoped to use the World Cup as a showcase event to show the world the economic, political and social advances made in the past decade.

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