- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The head of last year’s World Cup in South Africa is urging his Brazilian counterparts to stick to strict schedules to make sure the 2014 tournament is ready on time.

Danny Jordaan, chief executive of the 2010 World Cup organizing committee, acknowledged Wednesday that several stadiums of the 10 used at the event have been “struggling” without soccer teams to occupy them.

Brazil’s World Cup will be played in 12 far-flung venues, including a 44,000-seat stadium being built in Manaus in the far northwestern state of Amazonas. All 12 will host at least four matches, possibly causing travel problems and raising concerns about how much use they’ll receive after the tournament.