[Football is to Brazil what cricket is to India; an obsession, almost a religion.
The opening ceremony is slated to take place on the 12th of June, 2014 and it seems that still over half the stadiums out of the total twelve are not ready to host such a major tournament. This, in spite of Brazil getting seven years to prepare; more time than any other country has received till date.
Even though the Brazilian government has put in an estimated $14 billion into this hurried program and the cities who are hosting expecting to put in some more of their funds, it is widely believed that it may already be too late for few of the cities and that FIFA might consider changing their venues altogether and in the process, shaming the host nation before the international community.]
[This is my article for the Youth Connect magazine. You can read the entire article here: FIFA 2014 Woes: Brazil Unprepared For The World Cup?]