World Cup Countdown Clock Unveiled
A device, designed by the late architect Oscar Niemeyer to mark the one-year countdown to next year’s World Cup, was unveiled on Rio’s Copacabana beach Wednesday in the presence of soccer legend Pele.
The clock, made by Hublot, the official timekeeper for the 2014 finals, displays the time remaining until Brazil gets to stage its first World Cup since 1950 when it lost in the final to Uruguay.
“We are going to stage an excellent World Cup, we are confident,” said the country’s ambassador for the World Cup, Pele.
A three-time winner of the World Cup, Brazilian Sports Minister Also Rebelo, Jerome Valcke, the secretary general of world football’s governing body FIFA, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes and Hublot President Jean-Claude Biver, joined Pele at the ceremony.
Chairman of the Cup’s Local Organising Committee, Jose Maria Marin, hailed the unveiling as “another memorable milestone in our preparations for Brazil 2014.”