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A mixture of new and renovated structures, 12 venues will host World Cup action in Brazil next year.

Amid fears not all will be finished on time, FIFA insists that a December 31 deadline is immutable, though fears escalated some leeway may be required after Wednesday's fatal accident in Sao Paulo, which killed two construction workers.

The following basic details from each venue are based on the official government web portal (www.copa2014.gov.br) and Brazil's national union of architects and engineers, Sinaenco -- (www.portal2014.org.br).

Assuming the Sao Paulo Arena, otherwise known as Itaquerao, overcomes Wednesday's tragedy -- before which its constructors said it was 94 percent ready -- it will host the opening match with the mythical Maracana hosting the final in Rio.

Here are penpix of the 12 venues, seven of which will be new:

Six venues undergoing work

CUIABA Work at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, the capital of Mato Grosso state, will host four matches. It was supposed to be ready in October but currently has neither seats nor pitch, as AFP discovered on a visit in November, when work was 87 percent complete.

Capacity: 44,000 spectators

Cost: 5704 million reais ($245m)

CURITIBA

The Arena da Baixada, which will host four matches, was 83 percent ready as of the end of September, the latest available official figure. It was to have a retractable roof but that idea was scrapped, at least for the World Cup, owing to work already being behind schedule.

Capacity: 43,000

Cost: $140m.

MANAUS

The Amazonia Arena was 91 percent ready by early November. It will host four matches. A total of 1,900 construction personnel are working in shifts in order to meet the December 31 deadline.

Capacity: 44,000 spectators (40,000 for the World Cup)

Cost: $222m -- with 161m borne by the taxpayer.

NATAL

The Arena das Dunas, which will host four matches, was officially 94 percent complete by early November. Features include air conditioning and mechanised staircases.

Capacity: 42,000 for the World Cup and 32,000 thereafter in a city lacking a top club outfit.

Cost: $150.6m (Source: Sinaenco)

PORTO ALEGRE

The reformed Estadio Beira-Rio, which is home to Internacional, will host five matches. By late September it was 88 percent complete.

Capacity: 60,800 spectators (source: Sinaenco).

Cost: $142m (101m of which is public cash).

SAO PAULO

The Arena Corinthians, also known as the Itaquerao Stadium, will host the opening match on June 12 and also host five other games, including a semi-final. It was 93 percent ready at the end of October but Wednesday saw two workers killed in an accident after a crane toppled over and brought down three metal structures while trying to put a 500-ton section of roofing in place. The accident sparked fresh debate on whether Brazil can be ready in time.

Capacity: 69,160 spectators

Cost: $355m (source: Sinaenco)

Six stadiums finished

RIO DE JANEIRO

The mythical Maracana venue was closed for 30 months undergoing extensive renovation but reopened for the Confederations Cup and hosted Brazil's final win over Spain.

It will host seven World Cup matches, including the final -- as it did in 1950, when Brazil were shocked by Uruguay.

Capacity: 78,838

Cost: $350 (half of that public money) -- though Brazilian media cite unofficial data as extrapolating a total actual cost of $485m.

BRASILIA

The Estadio Nacional Mane Garrincha was built in a capital without a major club. It kicked off the Confederations dress rehearsal and will host seven World Cup matches.

Capacity: 72,000

Cost: $475m

BELO HORIZONTE

The Estadio Mineirao underwent three years of reforms and will host six matches at the World Cup.

Capacity: 62,160

Cost $287m

FORTALEZA

President Dilma Rousseff inaugurated the Estadio Castelao last December 16 and it was the first of the 12 venues to be delivered. It will host six World Cup matches.

Capacity: 63,903

Cost: $223m -- with 151m of that public finance.

RECIFE

The Arena Pernambuco in the northeastern coastal city of Recife will host five matches.

Capacity 46,000

Cost: $230m -- more than half of that from the public purse.

SALVADOR:

The Arena Fonte Nova was inaugurated on April 5 and will host six matches at the World Cup.

Capacity: 55,000

Cost: $255m -- $140m of public money via the national development bank BNDES and $115m of state public finance.

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