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FIFA back in Brazil to inspect World Cup stadiums

FIFA starts new round of inspections before tournament opens in less than three months

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FIFA is starting a new round of inspections at World Cup stadiums in Brazil as host cities race against the clock to get ready for the tournament that opens in less than three months.

Operational inspections in six stadiums are beginning Thursday, and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke is expected in the country to tour some of the delayed venues next week.

Three stadiums are not yet finished, and infrastructure work in many of the 12 host cities remains far from completed.

FIFA already knows that at least two stadiums won't be ready until about a month before the tournament starts even though local organizers promised it would be different, including the one hosting the opener between Brazil and Croatia in Sao Paulo on June 12.