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Ronaldo: Brazil will struggle to win World Cup in 2014

Brazil win the World Cup Not likely! Ronaldo cool on hosts' hopes of sixth title

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12:00 GMT, 10 October 2012

Brazil legend Ronaldo is convinced his country will put on a great show at the World Cup in 2014, but doubts they can lift the title a record sixth time.

Fears were mounting over the countries' readiness to hosts the competition with the building of stadia and facilities seemingly behind schedule.

Ronaldo moved to quell those fears, but has revealed he believes the chances of the hosts nation lifting the cup on July 13 are slim.

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

Pleased to meet you: Ronaldo greets Fabrice Muamba at Stamford Bridge

He said: 'I'm sure we will be able to look back with pride and know that we organised the best World Cup of all time.

'The organisation, of course, has to be perfect. It will be perfect. We will guarantee it will be perfect.'

He added: 'We have the worst FIFA ranking ever in history,' he said. 'It is a difficult moment for the national team.

'However, we will be playing at home. This will be added incentive, it will be motivation. I think it will have a positive impact.

'Otherwise, I will be playing again!'

Ronaldo was at the Leaders in Football Summit at Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium where he met former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba.

FIFA have taken the opportunity at the event to pledge to keep empty seats to a 'strict minimum' at the the next World Cup.

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

Fear not: Ronaldo has allayed any fears Brazil will not be ready

This year’s London Olympics and European Championships in Poland and Ukraine were both dogged by no-shows in arenas that were meant to be sold out.

FIFA admit it is impossible to eradicate the problem completely but are confident they will have systems in place at Brazil 2014 to avoid similar embarrassment.

FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil said: 'Empty seats is always a huge topic.

'We are implementing new initiatives, we are implementing new resale platforms.

'There will always be no-shows – as we call it – in the ticketing world, people who, last minute, will not come to the stadium for certain reasons.

'But we will do our maximum to reduce that to a strict minimum.'

He added: 'We are concerned by no-shows, that is clear. Because it does not look good and it especially does not look good if you announce to the world that you have no tickets, then you see on TV that you have a lot of empty seats.'

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Repeat performance Ronaldo lifted the cup in 2002

Weil confirmed FIFA were revamping the official resale website they used at the last World Cup, something which would allow tickets to be reallocated as late as the day of a game – helped by the fact no physical ticket will be issued until matchday in any event.

One of the biggest complaints from the Olympics was the no-show of event sponsors, leading to large blocks of empty seats in highly-visible locations.

Weil said commercial partners would have to provide a list of names of individual attendees 'two or three days in advance, so they cannot just say the people will come and then nobody comes'.

He added: 'The tickets will only be handed over the day of the game to the people, so you can reallocate tickets to different people, even in the sponsor families.'

Weil was confident the new system would be up and running in time for next summer’s Confederations Cup.

He also vowed FIFA would do everything possible to make ticket prices 'extremely fair'.

'We try to have this World Cup open to everybody, in Brazil, and around the world,' he added, confirming the precise pricing structure would be announced on November 8.

Weil defended the format of the tournament, which will see teams travel all around Brazil, something that could prove very expensive for travelling fans.

He was also vowed the country would be ready to host the tournament, pointing out every event had problems in the build up.

'At certain stages, there will be some wake-up calls,' he said. 'At certain stages, there will be some delays. At certain stages, there will be negative things from different people.

'But, Brazil will be ready.'

Kell Brook v Matthew Hatton bout arranged

It's the War of the Roses as Brook v Hatton showdown is arranged

World title contender Kell Brook will take on British rival Matthew Hatton in a high-profile ‘War of the Roses’ battle.

The 25-year-old Yorkshireman will fight Lancaster's European welterweight champion Hatton in an intriguing clash at the 13,500-capacity Motorpoint Arena in his native Sheffield on March 17.

Brook, who is highly ranked by the four major governing bodies, is on the verge of a world title shot this year having stepped up in class in 2011.

War: Kell Brook (left) with promoter Eddie Hearn (centre) and Matthew Hatton (right)

War: Kell Brook (left) with promoter Eddie Hearn (centre) and Matthew Hatton (right)

Victory against Hatton – who lost gallantly but comprehensively in a WBC light-middleweight challenge against Saul Alvarez last year – should finally earn him his own long-awaited title shot.

Hatton, meanwhile, has ambitions of his own and is looking to secure the chance to emulate older brother Ricky by becoming a world champion himself.

Promoter Eddie Hearn, who confirmed they are planning to set the venue up to hold 9,000 people, said: 'This is exactly the kind of fight we want to start making in this country.

Sibling rivalry: Matthew Hatton is hoping to emulate his brother

Sibling rivalry: Matthew Hatton is hoping to emulate his brother

'It is a fight that captures the imagination. Kell is coming along at the perfect rate with the perfect fights and this will build into a huge event for British boxing.'

After establishing himself as a draw in his home city with two impressive wins at smaller arenas, before making his American debut last month, Brook (26-0, 18KOs) will aim to confirm his box office appeal by stepping up to top the bill at the large Sheffield venue.

'When Eddie said to me that this fight was on the table I just started smiling,' Brook said.

'It has been a long time coming so I’m pleased.

World: Kell Brook is hoping for a world title shot

World: Kell Brook is hoping for a world title shot

'I want to separate us as number one and two in Britain. Matthew thinks he should be number one so that’s why I’m happy, I’m pleased to be able to prove it is me.'

Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KO wins) believes the two were destined to meet.

'I always knew I would fight Kell one day,' he said.

'So this is a fight that excites me. I've got a lot of respect for Kell as a fighter but this couldn't come at a better time for me.

'The local rivalry makes it even more exciting and I'm looking forward to proving who is the number one in Britain.

'I firmly believe that I am, but talk is cheap.'