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January 2014

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36 AHEAD OF THE GAME the Groundsman January 2014 The rocky road to Brazil STRI's head of consultancy, Andy Cole, discusses some of the turfcare challenges in the run up to the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil By: Andy Cole razil is currently experiencing a period of civilian unrest with many of its people protesting against high taxation, the low quality of education and poor levels of health care provided. The Brazilian people are passionate about football and it is unfortunate that the World Cup and the Olympic games have become the target of their frustrations. B Safety Despite this restlessness within Brazil, all individuals involved in the preparation of World Cup stadia and training facilities felt assured of their own personal safety through the duration of the Confederations Cup held last year. The protests are largely peaceful, with only a small minority of individuals who want to cause any disruption. That said however, large groups do collectively appear intimidating to those disengaged from the demonstrations. Confederations Cup Six of the twelve venues for use in the World Cup were selected to host the Confederations Cup, held on 15-30 June 2013. This tournament is generally viewed as the prelude to the World Cup, which takes place the following year. All stadia were located in the middle to north-eastern half of the country and therefore all warm season. However, despite the local geography, there were still significant differences in climate from the Estádio Castelo in Fortaleza toward the north, compared with that of the Visit for more information and digital editions Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, which was furthest south. The other four stadia utilised were the Estádio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte, the new Arena Pernambuco in Recife, the football only stadium Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador and a multi-purpose stadia venue Estádio Nacional Mané Garrincha in Brasília. Each of the stadia was at a different developmental stage, however, all were fit for purpose and from a playing surface point of view the event was a success. During the Confederations Cup, there were 12 venue specific training sites (VSTS) used by the teams and for this event, there were no official team base camps. For the World Cup next year, 12 stadia venues will be used, 36 VSTSs and 32 team based camps.

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