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Fifa president Sepp Blatter has admitted that the stadium due to host the opening match of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will not be ready until mid-April.
Two construction workers were killed last month after a crane collapsed onto the stadium.
The opening match of the tournament is due to take place on June 12 which leaves little room for error in the bid to finish construction.
Speaking at a news conference in Salvador, Blatter admitted there was "no plan B":
"It will be ready in mid-April, it is a question of trust that it will be done.
"God and Allah willing no more accidents shall arise and the reconstruction can restart as soon as possible. For the time being there's no plan B."
Roy Hodgson has dismissed safety fears surrounding next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Hodgson shrugged off concerns over the proximity of England's training camp to a favela saying: "Where in Rio is there not a favela up the road?".
The England manager said he had every "faith" that Fifa and the Brazilian government would ensure the safety of players and fans.
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Roy Hodgson has said he plans to keep England's players in a normal family environment until the pressures of the World Cup begin.
England players' partners became a controversial feature of the 2006 World Cup, with critics arguing their presence became a distraction, but Hodgson said he intends to allow the players to see their families.
Hodgson admitted the training pitch needed to be improved "enormously", but insisted he was generally very happy with the state of the training facilities and the surrounding area.
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Due to Fifa's seeding system England could be handed a difficult draw, but Mr Hodgson insisted he was "excited" and not worried about finding out his side's opponents.
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.
England will be among an unseeded pot of European countries for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals.
FIFA has announced the procedure of the draw and as expected the eight seeded teams, who will be kept apart for the group stage, have been chosen according to October's world rankings.
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The draw will be organised so that there will be no more than two European teams in any group of four countries, and all the South American teams will be kept apart.
The four pots will be:
- Pot 1: Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay
- Pot 2: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria
- Pot 3: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, USA
- Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia
England manager Roy Hodgson has likened the World Cup draw to opening a box of chocolates.
He was paying lip-service to Tom Hanks' character from the 1994 film Forrest Gump, who said: "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get".
He also revealed that he is more concerned about the draw of venues than the teams England will face:
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.