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With deadline fast approaching, Brazil struggles to finish World Cup stadiums

More than half a million tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup in June, but host nation Brazil has yet to finish the main stadiums to be used in the dress rehearsal for the 2014 soccer World Cup.

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An aerial view shows the final touches of the roof installation at the Maracana Stadium on April 9, 2013, as it undergoes renovations in preparation for the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The stadium will also host games for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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An aerial view shows the new rooftop of Maracana Stadium. More than half a million tickets have been sold for the Confederations Cup in June, but host nation Brazil has yet to finish the main stadiums to be used in the dress rehearsal for the 2014 soccer World Cup.

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Employees work on the roof of Arena Sao Paulo stadium, known as “Itaquerao,” in Sao Paulo April 11, 2013. The stadium will host the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Employees construct field drainage at Arena Sao Paulo stadium, April 11, 2013.

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An aerial view of the roof installation at Maracana Stadium.

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An employee collects his hard hat at Arena Sao Paulo stadium.

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Workers labour in Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro April 10, 2013. On the eve of yet another FIFA deadline, Brazil has delivered only three of the six venues for the eight-nation warm-up starting in two months.

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An employee works at the site of Arena Sao Paulo stadium, April 11, 2013.

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A man controls a soccer ball as social and political groups protest the privatization of the Maracana Stadium, in Rio de Janeiro, April 11, 2013.

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A view of Arena Sao Paulo stadium.

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Aerial view shows workers on the new rooftop of the Maracana Stadium.

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Aerial view shows the Maracanazinho stadium, bottom left, the Julio Delamare aquatic park, right, and the Maracana Stadium, top, in Rio de Janeiro.

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A man walks past graffiti painted against infrastructure work for the 2014 World Cup at the Metro Mangueira slum near Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro April 10, 2013.

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A view of Arena Sao Paulo stadium.

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Employees walk past hard hats at Arena Sao Paulo stadium.

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