The World Cup is just a year away and FIFA's "firm" deadline of December for the completion of all stadia is now fast approaching. (Reuters)
"Not all operational arrangements will be 100 percent" for the Confederations Cup were the words of FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke earlier this month, as grounds in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro missed the deadline for readiness ahead of the Confederations Cup.
The World Cup will be different, though, with Valcke insisting: "The deadline for the FIFA World Cup stadiums delivery stands firm as December 2013. There will be no compromise."
Brazil, then, has had its warning and work continues apace to ensure that those targets are met. Generally, worries over preparations are proven to be unfounded, and FIFA will hope that this is no exception.
Let's, then, take a look at progress at all 12 stadia to be used at the World Cup next summer.