FIFA, Brazil try to highlight healthy partnership

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FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke, left, and Brazil\'s Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo visit the Maracana stadium during renovations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012. Officials are revising the construction work being done at stadiums ahead of the Confederations Cup soccer tournament in 2013 and the World Cup soccer tournament in 2104. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)


SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA and Brazil World Cup organizers are trying to show nothing is affecting their partnership in preparing the country to host the event in 2014.

FIFA is wrapping up an inspection tour of the host cities and will oversee the draw on Saturday for next year's Confederations Cup.

On Wednesday there's a board meeting of the local committee.

The activities come at a tumultuous time. Brazil is without a coach amid internal disputes at the federation. A local member of FIFA's executive committee was targeted in a police operation and some World Cup projects have been removed from the list of infrastructure work planned by the government.