Parreira blasts Brazil’s World Cup preparations

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil assistant coach and former world champion Carlos Alberto Parreira says it’s a “joke” the Brazilian government took so long to start working on some of the infrastructure projects needed for the World Cup.

With less than five months before the tournament, Parreira says he is disappointed with the country’s preparations and accused the government of missing a huge opportunity to improve conditions for Brazilians.

Parreira told Radio CBN in an interview first aired Sunday that he believes stadiums will be ready in time, but it’s a shame most infrastructure projects that could benefit Brazilians won’t be completed until long after the World Cup.

The World Cup-winning coach in 1994 is the latest past champion to blast Brazil’s preparations, following the recent criticism by former players Cafu, Bebeto and Rivaldo.

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