"One hundred days; It's a long way to go, and it's a short
way to go if there are still problems," the Swiss told fifa.com
in a video to mark the occasion.
"But now all problems are under control and it will be in 100
days an exceptional good start for an exceptional competition."
Brazil is racing against time to complete stadiums, airports,
communications infrastructure and transportation systems as the
June 12 opening day approaches.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke said at the weekend that
the world body faced a huge challenge following delays in
The Sao Paulo stadium that hosts the opening match is not due to
be ready until May while other stadiums in Curitiba and Manaus
One survey in February showed the number of Brazilians who
favored hosting the tournament had fallen to an all-time low,
with many criticising it as a waste of money.
Support has waned since protests broke out in June last year
against poor public services and the high cost of building
stadiums, but Blatter was confident Brazilians would embrace the
Cup when the time came.
Brazil, said Blatter, was "the country of football, and they
will receive this competition with open arms and full of their
"The Brazilian spirit of the game and the Brazilian ability to
play football makes this World Cup very, very special," he
"Now everybody is expecting in Brazil that Brazil will bring
home this World Cup. I am sure it will be a great, great
Brazil, who last hosted the tournament in 1950, are the only
nation to have won the Cup five times and also the only ones to
have played in every finals.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin; editing by John O'Brien)
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