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Pele concerned by 2014 World Cup delays in Brazil

Brazil's former soccer player Pele smiles during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. Pele says it was scary to see how far behind Brazil was in its preparations to host the 2014 World Cup. The football great defended FIFA for asking Brazil to urgently approve a law establishing the legal framework needed for the tournament, saying the government knew of the world governing body's demands when it bid to host football's showcase event. Brazil's former soccer player Pele smiles during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday Nov. 10, 2011. Pele says it was scary to see how far behind Brazil was in its preparations to host the 2014 World Cup. The football great defended FIFA for asking Brazil to urgently approve a law establishing the legal framework needed for the tournament, saying the government knew of the world governing body's demands when it bid to host football's showcase event. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
November 10, 2011

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SAO PAULO—Pele says he's concerned about Brazil's slow preparations for hosting the 2014 World Cup.

The soccer great defended FIFA for asking Brazil to urgently approve a law establishing the legal framework needed for the tournament. He says the government knew of the world governing body's demands when it bid to host the showcase event.

Pele, the World Cup's official ambassador in Brazil, says he was surprised by some of the delays in the 12 host cities, including construction for stadiums. But he adds he's confident Brazil will do what is necessary to finish on time.

Pele made the comments at a news conference in Sao Paulo while promoting a children's research institute that bears his name.

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