Manaus Pitch In Terrible State Just Three Days Before England’s World Cup Opener Against Italy (Photo)

Chris Wright

11th, June 2014


By Chris Wright

With the stadium only half-finished to boot, the state of the playing surface at the Manaus’s new Amazonia Arena – the venue for England’s first World Cup group game against Italy on Saturday evening – is looking pretty dire, especially considering it cost £173million…


Drier and flakier than Joe Hart’s scalp.

That said, when it comes to England at tournaments, it’s always nice to have a pre-prepared excuse.

According to the Telegraph’s status report, the Amazonia Arena also has “naked power cables dangling from the walls of the changing rooms”, is still in need of a final coat of asphalt on the ground outside and has several security doors waiting to be fitted.


(Photo: Telegraph/AFP/Getty)

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  1. Ed says:

    Is that a five-a-side pitch or something? It looks tiny!

  2. Bruno says:

    I am brazilian and I sincerely don’t understand how MANAUS was choosen to host the World Cup. It’s ridiculous, it’s another world, really. It’s in the middle of the jungle, another culture, another people, absolutely no infrastructure.

    I’m ashamed in advance. Games should be played in Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Sao Paulo, Rio, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia… not fucking Manaus or Salvador or Natal or Maceio or Cuiaba. We are a big country, part is great and part should just stay hidden.

    Go to Google and type “Florianopolis”. Tell me how a great city like that won’t host a single game. And MANAUS, a city that is not included in the term ‘globalization’, with all the poverty, located 102737321 km away from everything, gets 4 matches. It’s ridiculous.

  3. Chris says:

    The answer you seek is in the same room as the ‘We choose Qatar’ WC Committee room..

  4. Nuno says:

    I’d say that field favors more England than Italy, it’s impossible to pass the ball around on the ground, so England’s beloved “hoof-it-up” tactic should provide the best results!

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