This week, athletes, journalists and FIFA's top officials are gathered in a beautiful beach resort in Costa de Sauipe, Brazil for the 2014 World Cup final draw.
The December 6 event will determine when and where the 32 qualified teams will play when they arrive to Brazil for the international football tournament next June.
As the date approaches, the question of "will Brazil be ready?" keeps being repeated by sportscasters and sports fans around the world.
In Curitiba, Brazil - a city known as a model for sustainability and efficiency - that question has hit a nerve. The stadium that is scheduled to host four World Cup matches is still under construction.
As bulldozers pick-up the massive debris of rocks and concrete that fill the field, officials from the Clube Atletico Paranaense, the owners of the stadium, guarantee the state of the art venue will be ready on time.
The Arena da Baixada was scheduled to be completed by December 31. Delays in receiving public funds and a month-long shut down by the labor ministry after concerns for workers safety were some of the main factors for missing the deadline, officials said.
This comes after Sao Paulo's Corinthians stadium, where the June 12 opener is scheduled to take place, lost three workers when crane collapsed during construction last week.
While outsiders question the country's preparedness, Brazilians often ask "Imagine during the World Cup?" - as their cities continue to suffer with massive gridlocks and substandard airports that ground fleets of planes at the slightest sign of rain.
The phrase has even led to Youtube parody videos and a country music song of the same title where the duo complains about the price of beer and overcrowded subways and the chorus is a simple whine of ai ai ai.
What will be the end game, to put on a great show? to improve the lives of Brazilians? or to watch the beautiful game being played in its native land? ai ai ai...
By Friday, we will know who will be kicking the newly-inaugurated Brazuca ball first during the inaugural match in Sao Paulo, decorated with colorful stripes representing the Bahian fita do Bonfim charm. Let's hope the other questions are not left for the luck of the draw.