May 29, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) FIFA is beginning its final tour of World Cup host cities before soccer's showcase event.

With kickoff less than 20 days away, the governing body is having one last look at the cities' preparations across Brazil.

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke starts the second half of his inspection tour to the 12 host cities Monday. He visited six cities last week and will tour the others through Thursday.

It is the last time Valcke is expected to check on the host cities before the World Cup gets underway with Brazil playing Croatia on June 12.

FIFA's tour takes place as Brazil's national team begins practicing in Rio de Janeiro and as Australia becomes the first team to arrive for the World Cup.

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