The World Cup is 35 days away, and while workers continue to hammer away and make sure that every stadium is completed in time, tragedy continues to strike.
A ninth World Cup stadium worker, 32-year-old Mohamed Ali Maciel, has died, according to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte. Maciel's death was reportedly the result of an electric shock at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba. The same stadium endured an electrical fire in October that was originally deemed minor before it turned out to result in structural damage to the venue, according to Reuters.
The stadium is slated to host four matches during the World Cup: Chile vs. Australia, Russia vs. South Korea, Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Japan vs. Colombia.
Maciel's death follows those that occurred at Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, after a crane accident in November killed 42-year-old Fabio Luiz Pereira and 44-year-old Ronaldo Oliveira dos Santos. Another worker at the venue, Fabio Hamilton da Cruz, fell to his death in March. Four -- Raimundo Nonato Lima Costa, 49; Marcleudo de Melo Ferreira, 22; José Antônio Nascimento Souza, 50; Antônio José Pita Martins, 55 -- have perished at Arena Amazonia in Manaus, where the USA will play Portugal on June 22.
The first worker death, that of 21-year-old José Afonso de Oliveira Rodrigues, occurred at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia in 2012. Maciel's death is the latest sobering reminder of the human cost of the Brazil competition, not to mention what is reportedly going on in Qatar, where hundreds have died as migrant worker issues continue to overshadow the build-up to the controversy-laden 2022 tournament.