As of this week, only seven months remain until the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Brazil. Later this month, the countdown clocks will show fewer than 200 days remaining until the big event.
And yet, six of the tournament’s 12 stadiums remain unfinished, and airport upgrades are well behind schedule. Other infrastructure projects, meanwhile, have been either significantly altered or cancelled altogether.
In a blog post earlier this year, reputed Brazil-watcher Andrew Downie wrote that “five cities—Brasilia, Fortaleza, Manaus, Salvador and Sao Paulo—won’t have the promised tram lines, express lanes for buses or metro links ready, according to Brazil’s Federal Audits Court.”
The costs of hosting the World Cup, however, continue to increase.