Brazilian football legend Pele has cast doubts over the nation’s ability to host the 2014 World Cup and then the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Speaking in London, he said: “At the moment, things are not great. We have a little problem with the construction.”
He said communication and transport problems were the biggest issues, but hoped they would be resolved.
“People are saying it will be easy, but I do not think it will be – we have only two years,” he added.
“I spoke with President Dilma [Rousseff] and she said she is going to do her best to organise things, but we are not ready yet.”
There were similar concerns over the readiness of Athens ahead of the 2004 Olympics and South Africa in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.