Sunday June 9 2013
Italy's Rio 'home' still closed

The Rio de Janeiro stadium Italy are meant to train in from tomorrow is still closed due to structural problems.

The Azzurri begin their Confederations Cup experience tonight, as they are due to fly out from Rome to Rio at 21.30 UK time (20.30 GMT).

They are set to arrive in Brazil on Sunday morning and begin their first training session with Press conference at the Joao Havelange Stadium, also known as the Engenhao.

However, as of today the stadium is still closed under the orders of Mayor Eduardo Paes after engineers found structural problems with the roof in March.

Emergency repairs are continuing and the venue remains locked down due to safety concerns.

The venue was only constructed six years ago for the Pan American Games and was being used by club side Botafogo.

There had also been problems with another Rio de Janeiro stadium, the Maracana, but that was opened at the last minute to allow this week’s friendly between Brazil and England.

Italy begin their Confederations Cup campaign against Mexico on June 16 at the Maracana, then play Japan on June 19 at Recife and visit Salvador to face Brazil on June 22.

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