The organising committee for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has said that the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro will be ready for the Confederations cup matches. Brazil will be taking on England in a friendly match that is scheduled in the first week of June. This match will be held at the Maracana stadium, which is regarded as one of the iconic stadiums in the world. However, this stadium has been earmarked as one of the major renovation plans for these upcoming tournaments, but it is yet to be completed.

The World Cup organising committee said that the stadium would definitely be completed by December, but they have now extended the deadline to the end of April. They have said with great confidence that the stadium will be ready by this new deadline. Only two major works remain in the stadium. A brand-new playing surface will be laid out as part of the renovation work, while the stadium is also going to get a new fibreglass roof as well. The manager of the committee, Tiago Paes has said that the stadium will definitely be ready for Brazil’s match against England. This friendly match will be taking place in the first week of June.

“If we needed to change five percent of the planned works, we would have concerns. But that is not the case with the Maracana. Naturally some problems have come up but we are here to make sure they are sorted out quickly,” said the organising committee manager. This iconic stadium will host two major matches over the course of the Confederations cup and the World Cup. It will be hosting both the finals of these two tournaments. Hence, work has been going at full pace in the last few months in order to get this stadium ready.