FIFA World Cup

Manaus Pitch Looks Dire Ahead of England-Italy World Cup Match at Amazonia Arena

Felipe Dana/Associated Press
BR-UK StaffAnalyst IIIJune 11, 2014

There are just three days to go until England open their World Cup campaign against Italy at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus.

While the fans and players are undoubtedly ready, the pitch may still need a bit of work.

The above photo, from The Telegraph, shows just how bad things are at present. While the grass is looking dreadful, the rest of the stadium isn't exactly in perfect shape either.

From the article: 

The playing surface is noticeably dry and sandy and particularly bare around one of the goals, with large yellowing areas of turf.

The rest of the stadium is not completely finished, with naked power cables dangling from the walls of the changing rooms and workers still applying a final coat of asphalt outside the ground. Several security doors are also waiting to be fitted at the stadium where a construction worker died last year after falling from the roof.

Will the final preparations be made in time? Suppose we'll find out on Saturday.

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