SAO PAULO (AP) – FIFA's inspection team is visiting Recife before deciding whether the northeastern Brazilian city will be included in next year's Confederations Cup.
Tuesday's visit comes less than a month before FIFA announces the final match schedule for the warm-up tournament next June.
Recife is among the six venues initially selected, but its participation will only be ratified by showing significant improvement in its preparations.
Local organizers said Monday they are confident that FIFA's team of technical inspectors will like what they see during the inspection.
Also Tuesday, FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke will begin a tour of World Cup host cities Belo Horizonte and Porto Alegre. He will attend a board meeting of the local organizing committee in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.