— SAO PAULO (AP) — It's all coming down to the final 30 days.
Brazil had seven years to get ready for the World Cup, but it enters the final month of preparations with a lot yet to be done.
Three stadiums are still under construction, some of the temporary structures needed for matches are delayed and it remains unclear if all cities will have time to organize the mandatory fanfests.
It's already known that not all infrastructure will be completed no matter how much organizers rush before the June 12 opener. The government acknowledges that communications inside stadiums won't be perfect, unfinished airports remain a concern and there are widespread threats of violent protests by Brazilians complaining about the billions of dollars spent to organize the tournament.
Brazilian officials guarantee everything will be fine. FIFA remains concerned.
"All arrangements are being made to guarantee a successful tournament," says Brazil's sports ministry, which is in charge of getting the country ready for the World Cup. "The meetings to finalize the operational plans in the varied areas involved in the event's preparations will be concluded this week in all 12 host cities."
Jerome Valcke, secretary general for soccer's governing body, says there's no time to waste.
"I would not say it's not ready, but it's not finished," he said recently.
"You feel that the competition is coming, so there is an excitement," Valcke told FIFA.com. "In the meantime, it's important to test everything and making sure it's working. The pressure is there to make sure we will be perfectly ready."
The local governments have the responsibility of making sure everything is working to receive the hundreds of thousands of visitors expected for the monthlong tournament, from transportation to public services to security.