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Sunday June 15 2014
Medics 'concerned' over conditions

Italy chief medic Professor Enrico Castellacci is concerned about conditions against Costa Rica and Uruguay.

Last night the Azzurri held out considerably better than England in the humidity of Manaus, proving their pre-tournament preparations had been effective.

“Everyone has a different metabolism,” said Professor Castellacci in a Press conference.

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Sunday June 15 2014
Prandelli: 'An epic performance'

Cesare Prandelli said Italy put in “an epic performance” to beat England, but warned Mario Balotelli “can do much more.”

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Saturday June 14 2014
Bomb alert in Manaus

Police gave the all clear after a suspect package was found in a car ahead of Italy’s World Cup game with England.

The match kicks off at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus this evening at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT).

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Saturday June 14 2014
Rivelino: 'Manaus an absurd venue'

Brazil legend Rivelino warns Italy and England “it’s absurd to play in Manaus. You start sweating the moment you leave the locker room.”

Their World Cup campaign kicks off tonight at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT) at the Arena Amazonia, but from the start this has been a controversial venue.

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Saturday June 14 2014
Rain expected in Manaus

There is rain expected in Manaus for tonight’s Italy match against England with 89 per cent humidity.

Their World Cup campaign kicks off at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT) at the Arena Amazonia.

According to the latest reports from northern Brazil, rain is expected during the game.

Players hope it won’t be the same intensity as seen already during this tournament when Mexico beat Cameroon 1-0 under a torrential downpour.

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Saturday June 14 2014
Buffon injury scare against England

Gigi Buffon suffered a “slight ankle sprain and is undergoing treatment” ahead of tonight’s World Cup opener against England.

Italy begin their tournament in Manaus at 23.00 UK time (22.00 GMT), but are beset by injury problems.

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Thursday June 12 2014
'Pitch could ruin Italy-England'

FIGC Vice-President Demetrio Albertini is horrified by the state of the pitch in Manaus. “I hope it doesn’t ruin Italy-England.”

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Tuesday May 20 2014
Manaus airport roof collapses

Heavy rain in Manaus - where Italy will play England this summer - has reportedly brought down part of the roof at the city’s airport.

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Saturday February 8 2014
Another Manaus worker killed

Another construction worker has been killed at Brazil’s World Cup stadium in Manaus, where Italy will make their debut.

Organisers confirmed a 55-year-old Portuguese man named Antonio Jose Pita Martins died in hospital after an accident while dismantling a crane.

He was hit by a metal bar in the head and chest.

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