Sao Paulo: One stadium would not be ready on time. Another would not be ready at all. Violent street protests would threaten fans and upstage everything. Airport and subway strikes would strand tens of thousands of visitors.
These, and other doomsday predictions, were perpetual concerns in the days leading up to the World Cup in Brazil. But after nearly one full week of games, the situation in South America's largest country is hardly bleak. For those fans who enjoy eye-popping goals, surprising results and stylish soccer, this tournament has, so far, been an incredible success. The games are enthralling and the drama has been perfect for television. (Also read: 'Wobbly' Maracana stadium scares fans)
Yet from a logistical perspective, not all has gone swimmingly, particularly for some people on the ground who may appreciate smaller details like consistent electricity, fully finished stadiums and correctly numbered stadium seats. For them, the early returns on the World Cup are a bit more complex. (Do you know: No reservation of seats for expensive Maracana season passes)