Fans heading to Brazil for the World Cup should expect unforgettable atmospheres but also heavily inflated prices and long-distance travel.
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World Cup organisers will meet representatives from Fifa and the Brazilian Government to address growing fears over security, accommodation and travel prices ahead of next summer's tournament.
There are growing concerns over the heavily inflated accommodation and travel costs for supporters ahead of the draw on Friday.
Safety concerns have also been expressed after two people were killed last week after a crane collapsed on to a stadium that was due to host the opening match of next year's tournament.
The meeting will be hosted by the Brazilian sports minister Aldo Rebelo who is attempting to silence critics as the country prepares for an important few years with the 2016 Olympic Games also on the horizon.
Adidas has unveiled the new brazuca, the official ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The brazuca was named in September 2012 after a public vote in Brazil involving a million football fans.
The name is a local term which means “Brazilian”, or to describe the Brazilian way of life. The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country.
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Adidas is launching @brazuca on Twitter, where fans will be able to track the build-up to the World Cup in Brazil through the eyes of the ball as it travels the world and offers an alternative take on the game.
Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment a crane collapsed at a World Cup stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil killing two workers.
The incident happened at the Corinthians Arena on Wednesday.
A construction worker at the Brazilian football stadium where two people died in an accident has told ITV News builders did not "cross safety limits", amid claims staff were told to keep working despite safety fears.
Brazil Correspondent Nick Ravenscroft reports.
A fatal construction accident at Sao Paulo's World Cup stadium may delay its opening until February, but FIFA is not worried about it being ready for the World Cup, Reuters has reported.
A preliminary investigation into yesterday's accident indicated that damage was confined to the concourse area and did not affect the stands that could have taken longer to fix, a Reuters source said.
FIFA has said all World Cup stadiums must be finished by the end of December, but that would appear impossible in Sao Paolo following the accident.
FIFA said earlier today it would not know the length of the delay at the venue "until next week at the earliest".
FIFA said it is waiting to find out the extent of the damage caused by an accident at a Brazilian stadium before deciding whether the venue will be ready for the 2014 World Cup.
Two workers were killed yesterday at Sao Paulo's Corinthians Arena, which is due to host the opening match of next summer's tournament.
"It is too premature to make any detailed assessment on the situation of the Corinthians Arena as we are still awaiting the technical report to be able to evaluate the scale of the damage," FIFA said in a statement sent to The Associated Press.
"We will be able to provide an update earliest next week."
Part of the stadium was destroyed when a crane crashed into a 500-ton metal structure that toppled onto the venue's east stand.
A statement on the website of Corinthians, the Brazilian club due to occupy the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, said the number of workers killed was two, rather than the three initially reported.
In the early afternoon an accident in the work of Corinthians Arena caused the death of two workers - Fábio Luiz Pereira, 42, driver / operator, and Ronaldo Oliveira dos Santos, 44, assembler.
Shortly before 13:00, the crane that hoisted the last module of the structure of the metal roof of the stadium collapsed, causing the fall of the part of the circulation area of the east building - partially hitting the LED facade.
The structure of the grandstand was not compromised.
Teams of firemen are in place. At the moment, all efforts are focused to provide full assistance to the families of the victims.
The stadium in Sao Paolo is due to seat nearly 70,000 people for the World Cup opening match on 12th June.
The venue is scheduled to host other five matches, including a semi final.
Images from Brazilian television showed part of the fallen crane, seen in yellow, underneath the metal structure which had buckled and collapsed onto a section of the stand at the stadium in Sao Paulo.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said:
I'm deeply saddened by the tragic death of workers @corinthians arena today. Our heartfealt condolences are with the families.