FIFA President Sepp Blatter said on Thursday he was optimistic about the success of the upcoming World Cup in Brazil, despite widespread reports of delays in completing stadia and infrastructure projects being built to host the tournament which kicks off on July 12.

"I am an optimist, the FIFA executive committee is also optimistic, and we are looking forward now to a successful start of the World Cup, a kick-off, and I'm sure after this kick-off, it will be another ambiance in the country," Blatter said at a press conference in Sao Paulo.

Blatter said that games "are not playing in all the stadia at the same time," and added that such delays were something many other organizations have also faced in the past.


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