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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - On the Ca-lends of March, a couple of weeks before a planned visit to Brazil to view several cities which will host World Cup matches in 2014, Mr. Jerôme Valcke, FIFA’s General Secretary, made some pointed criticisms about Brazil’s lack of progress towards hosting the Cup. Using earthy language, he said Brazil needed a “kick up the backside” to get things moving. He pointed out that hotel space, airports . . .

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