Before any major tournament, there is always heightened media panic about lack of preparation or unsuitable local conditions. Before the Beijing Olympics, it was smog that threatened to derail the Games. Prior to the 2010 World Cup, folks were worried about South African crime rates. At the Sochi Winter Games, a double toilet was all over the news.
Ultimately, however, all these "issues" were quickly forgotten when the tournaments got underway.
Naturally, as the 2014 World Cup approaches, there has been plenty of anxiety disseminated through the newspapers concerning the multitude of dangers posed to half a million fans who are expected to descend upon Brazil.
Here's a guide to some of the dangers—some more prevalent than others—in Brazil ahead of the World Cup...