ZURICH (AP) – FIFA and Brazil say they have overcome their differences and are cooperating to make the 2014 World Cup a success.
The two sides met for nearly six hours Tuesday at the headquarters of soccer's governing body - the first encounter between Brazil Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo and FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke. Valcke ignited a feud this year when he criticized Brazil for its slow pace of preparations.
FIFA says a member of the Brazilian government will be included in the local World Cup organizing committee. That will allow the government to be more closely connected to decisions. FIFA adds that organizers will meet every two months in Brazil to make sure preparations stay on track.