• ROUSSEFF SAYS BRAZIL WILL MEET CUP CHALLENGES

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    BRASILIA, Brazil: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff on Monday insisted her giant nation would pull off a successful World Cup, swatting aside FIFA criticism that the hosts started preparing late. “We love football and so we shall proudly receive the Cup and make it the Cup of Cups,” Rousseff insisted on her Twitter feed. “Demand for tickets is the biggest there has been for any Cup, and that shows fans across the world have confidence in Brazil,” Rousseff added, in comments which prompted FIFA president Sepp Blatter to make conciliatory noises over the Twittersphere. In his opening gambit, Blatter, in an interview published on Sunday in Switzerland, had chided Brazil for being slow to start preparations for its first World Cup since 1950.

    AFP

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