The secretary general of the FIFA, Jerome Valcke, praised on Thursday the registered advances by Brazil in the preparations for the World Cup 2014 and assured that the governing body of the soccer works in tuning with the local authorities in the preparation of the tournament.

Accompanied the Minister of sport, Aldo Rebelo, and members of the Local Organizing Committee of the World Cup 2014, Valcke told journalists his satisfaction by what he observed at the conclusion of the visit to three of the cities tournament headquarters: the northeastern Natal and Recife and the capital Brasilia.

Jerome Valcke

After the visits, he met in Brasilia with authorities of the government and of the LOC to know the advances in the preparations for the World Cup and the Confederations Cup of 2013.

“We received a report on the progress of works; most are on track for competitions. All are on schedule because everyone is working harder, we are better prepared to reach the Confederations Cup and the World Cup”, Valcke said.

Valcke sparked a controversy in March to ensure that Brazil needed “a kick in the butt” for the delay in the works for the World Cup, which drew the ire of the Brazilian government decided not to recognize it as a partner of FIFA.

The tone was different this Thursday, when the Minister Rebelo said that all parties involved in the preparatory work in unison.

“The meeting noted a greater integration of all agencies with responsibilities in the world. FIFA, LOC and the government showed a much higher degree of integration to anticipate problems that arise”, said Rebelo.

Valcke looked uncomfortable when asked whether Brazil still needed a kick in the butt. “What a question I can not answer that question. No, I have nothing more to say”, he said.