File - Aerial view of the Christ the Redeemer statue atop Corcovado Hill and the Mario Filho (Maracana) stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on December 3, 2013. (AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA JAPAN OUT)
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With only 100 days to go before the World Cup starts, Brazil is in the home straight of the countdown and huffing and puffing to complete stadiums, airports, IT networks and public transportation systems.Four of the 12 venues are still not ready and at least two will not be completed until at least April, two months before Brazil meet Croatia in the opening match June 12 .President Dilma Rousseff replied by vowing this would be "the World Cup to end all World Cups," a slogan repeated by FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, but others say there are reasons for skepticism.The only country to lift the World Cup five times, Brazil won the right to host the competition in 2007 but took almost two years before deciding the host cities.Brazil has grown hugely over the last decade and more than 30 million people have emerged from poverty to move into the consuming classes.Authorities expect three million Brazilians to travel to see games and another 600,000 foreigners to visit during the monthlong jamboree.
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