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Brazil races against the clock to be ready for soccer tourneys

Sep 08, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT
Labourers work on the renovations of the Maracana Stadium for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro September 6, 2012. According to the consortium in charge, the construction of the stadium is 62% complete.
REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Next June Brazil will play to host to the Confederations Cup football tournament, the traditional warm-up event for the World Cup, which will take place in the country in 2014. By then organisers need to have six stadiums ready for the two-week event, including a refurbishment of the iconic Maracana, as well get as the surrounding infrastructure and communications network in place.