Practically all the works which were to have been carried out starting in May in the 12 venues across Brazil for the football tournament have run into delays, and the December 2012 deadline for completion is looking iffy.
Yet that's the date needed because Brazil is also hosting FIFA's Confederation Cup in 2013.
In June this year, just half the 12 Brazilian cities hosting games have started work to get stadiums and infrastructure into shape, triggering a warning from FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke to get cracking.
Brazil's World Cup preps dogged by doubts, delays
December 2, 2010