Last week was not a good week for Brazilian World Cup organizers.
It became evident that Brazil would not meet FIFA's deadline of Monday to have six World Cup stadiums ready for this summer's Confederations Cup.
Forget the fact that FIFA's deadline was actually last December, the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia aren't close to being finished.
Many of the seats at the Maracana need to be installed, and its new roof needs to be finished. Even worse, work on the stadium's six access ramps has not begun.
Around-the-clock work continues in Brasilia to install seats and get the field ready -- the grass has still not been laid out.
Given such a low barrier, it shouldn't be hard for Brazil to achieve President Dilma Rousseff's goal of "exceeding expectations" in organizing the World Cup.
Stadiums in Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza and Salvador have already delivered their stadiums to FIFA, while Recife opened its Arena Pernambuco on Sunday.
But Brazilian organizers can't win for losing. Sunday's "evento-teste" -- FIFA's logistical dress rehearsal -- at Fortaleza's Arena Castelao was marred by the death of two fans on the way to the state league match between Fortaleza and Ceara.
The fans, wearing Ceara jerseys, were shot in the head after being confronted by Fortaleza supporters at a plaza about three miles from the stadium.
In separate incidents, 180 fans were held for vandalism and disorderly conduct before the game.
There was no greater indictment about the state of affairs in Brazilian soccer than the admission of former great Ronaldo -- the public face of the Brazilian organizing committee -- that it might be a good idea that Jose Maria Marin, president of the Brazilian soccer federation, step aside.
Marin, the successor to the notorious Ricardo Teixeira, is under siege from all quarters and accused of all kind of misdeeds.
That Marin promised to have all six Confederations Cup stadiums ready by Monday is the least of his problems.
Romario, another former Brazilian great who is now a vocal figure in the Brazilian Congress, is leading the campaign against Marin, who has ties to Brazilian's former military regime.
"What they want I also want, which is to shake up Brazilian soccer,'' Ronaldo told the O Globo newspaper. "There are a lot of things that we don't want to see anymore ... lack of transparency, poor calendars, fan violence. If Marin can't do that, we need to make a change. CBF needs to move forward. Soccer needs young and dynamic people with new ideas.''
The pressure on Marin, 80, to step aside will surely increase. The last thing that Rousseff's government and FIFA want is for Marin to distract attention during the Confederations Cup, the first major event of the World Cup 2014 countdown.
On second thought, maybe such a distraction wouldn't be a bad idea.