The one-year countdown to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil began on Wednesday as organisers unveiled the official clock marking the time remaining to kick-off.
The wraps were taken off the giant clock on Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Copacabana beach.
It also marks the amount of time organisers have left to get things ready before some half a million spectators from across the globe descend on the South American country for FIFA’s flagship tournament.
The infrastructure in and around the cities however is far from being ready in time and presents the biggest challenge.
A few of the stadiums are also yet to be completed, notably the one in Sao Paulo which is 60 percent finished.
Six of the 12 World Cup venues will be put through their paces as soon as Saturday when Brazil host the 2013 Confederations Cup.