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Pre-match build up Behind the scenes preparations for the World Cup finals which kick off in Paris next week, were immense. Stadia had to be built or renovated, an elaborate opening ceremony organised

France's long tradition of using private finance to build major public projects was extended from the water and transportation sectors into stadium construction for the World Cup. The £267M Stade de France, which will stage next week's opening game between Scotland and Brazil - and of course the World Cup final on 12 July - was built using a mix of public and private money.

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