SAO PAULO — With the war of words between Brazil and FIFA intensifying, the country's preparations for the 2014 World Cup are increasingly in the spotlight.

The public fighting between the host country and football's governing body could further affect Brazil's preparedness for the tournament, as there are key matters yet to be solved.

The government still has to pass a key bill regulating the World Cup, and FIFA still has to approve two venues for next year's Confederations Cup.

In addition, it remains unclear how FIFA will react to Brazil's request to have FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke replaced as the person responsible for working with the government in the country's preparations.