Fortunately enough, Wednesday's tragedy at the Arena Corinthians, which took the life of two construction workers when a crane carrying the last piece of metal needed for the grandstand, could have resulted in a mass loss of life if it wasn't for other worker's deciding to go on their lunch break.
The game's history is littered with stadium disasters, from South America to Europe and Africa.
Here are some of the worst catastrophes to scar the world's most beautiful game.
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