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Brazil to stage key stadium tests for World Cup

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil arrives at a crucial moment in its preparations for the World Cup as two of its most troubled stadiums stage major test events Sunday.

With FIFA closely monitoring, local organizers will host Brazilian league matches at the Arena Pantanal in the western city of Cuiaba and at the Itaquerao, Sao Paulo’s much-delayed stadium where the World Cup opener will be played in a few weeks.

Although there will still be work left at the venues no matter what happens Sunday, successful tests could help alleviate concerns about the country’s readiness for the event.

The official test events are likely the last before all 12 World Cup stadiums are turned over to FIFA for their final preparations before the June 12 opener between Brazil and Croatia.

 

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