World Cup Update: Deadly violence, delays continue to trouble World Cup host nation

This is our first installment of "World Cup Update," which will be published every Thursday afternoon from now until June 12 - when the games begin - rounding up all the stories happening off the pitch. 

  • STICKER SHOCK: We’re a little less than two months away from the World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro’s famous Maracanã Stadium, and although the game is sold out, a ticket can still be yours for the low, low price of $40,000. Just don’t let FIFA find out you bought it from an unlicensed exchange, though, otherwise your ticket might be invalidated.
  • STICKER SHOCK, PART 2: FInally, the soccer world was stunned by the news that Panini, the company that has been producing collectible stickers of World Cup players since the 1970 tournament, was victim of a massive heist last week. Thieves made off with more 300,000 stickers that were bound for Rio. Panini insisted that there would be no shortage of stickers for sale.  

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