With FIFA having identified December as the strict cut-off point for the completion of World Cup stadia, time is running out for Brazil to complete what is proving to be a major national operation.
Despite the concerns that exist, concerning preparation and execution of the pre-tournament plans, Brazilians are confident that their construction program will meet the pre-2014 target.
Great things are expected of the competition, as the world’s centrepiece occasion returns to one of the game’s traditional heartlands. The atmosphere at games is sure to be electric, particularly in matches involving the host nation, and almost certainly vuvuzela-free!
In this article, Bleacher Report checks in on their progress and assesses where there is still room for improvement among the nation's 12 chosen venues.