With half of the 12 stadiums hosting the 2014 World Cup still under under-construction, and all but one of those running behind schedule, Brazil has a fair old job on it's hands to ensure the nation is ready to welcome the globe's biggest tournament.

But eight months out from opening match-day at the Arena de Sao Paulo, the most football-mad country on earth is unlikely to allow a few planning issues to spoil their first chance to host the World Cup since 1950.

So, they might only be skeletons of giant sporting cauldrons at this stage, but here are five incredible stadiums to look forward to watching your nation walk out on.

Click on the stadium name to see a picture of each venue in all it's glory.

1) Estadio Mineirao

One of the most significantly revamped arenas for Brazil 2014, the home of Brazilian Serie 'A' outfits Atletico Mineiro and Cruzeiro has been developed into a beautifully modern 57,483 capacity.

The ground will play host to six matches, including a semi-final.

2) Estadio das Dunas

Picturesque and accommodating, the eye-catching 'sand dune' inspired design is sure to please the legions of international supporters flocking to the stadium's four group stage fixtures.

However, it's beautiful appearance comes at the cost of a below average capacity of 42,086.

3) The Maracana

Despite boasting attendances of 200,000 before the days of strict health and safety standards, a more modest 73,531 capacity fails to dampen the globally renowned aura of the Maracana.

The largest venue at the tournament and the host of the final has undergone a makeover in preparation for the 2014 World Cup with a fibreglass roof now shielding 95% of spectators from the elements.

4) Castelao

The venue of five matches plus a quarter-final, the Fortaleza-based stadium has received a capacity boost to now seat 58,704 fans.

Located on the north-east coast of the fifth-largest country on Earth, the Castelao now features an underground car park able to cater for 4,200 fans silly enough to drive on the manic roads of Brazil.

5) Arena de Sao Paulo

The new home of Corinthians was built exclusively for Brazil 2014 and will act as the curtain-raiser for the tournament on 12 June.

Although clearly still under construction, the plans for the 65,807-seater arena look fascinating – check out the partially open-wall designs on the long side of the south stand. Why would you pay for a ticket when you can watch from the outside?

Which is your favourite Brazil 2014 venue? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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