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Jun 15, 2014

Soccer-Balotelli header gives Italy 2-1 win over England

MANAUS, Brazil, June 14 (Reuters) – Italy striker Mario Balotelli powered home a close range header to secure a 2-1 win over England on Saturday in an entertaining World Cup Group D game played amid baking heat and humidity.

England left back Leighton Baines, who often looked out of his depth, allowed Antonio Candreva to cross from the right for Balotelli to soar high and score in the 50th minute.

Jun 14, 2014

Italy game could be another classic, hints Hodgson

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – England’s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.

The coach said he was surprised by the 5-1 hammering the Netherlands dealt defending champions Spain earlier in the day.

Jun 14, 2014

England-Italy game could be another classic, hints Hodgson

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – England’s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.

The coach said he was surprised by the 5-1 hammering the Netherlands dealt defending champions Spain earlier in the day.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-England-Italy game could be another classic, hints Hodgson

MANAUS, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – England’s opening Group D game against Italy on Saturday could be another free-flowing classic of the kind that has already lit up this World Cup, manager Roy Hodgson suggested on Friday.

The coach said he was surprised by the 5-1 hammering the Netherlands dealt defending champions Spain earlier in the day.

Jun 13, 2014

UK’s cycling money man ditches capitalism after long Brazil ride

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – London accountant Andy Smith used to make good money in the City but says he is giving up on full-blown capitalism after a five-month bicycle ride through Brazil opened his eyes to life’s real riches.

The lean and heavily tanned 35-year-old stood in the baking heat outside the Amazonia arena in Manaus on Thursday after cycling almost 8,000 km (5,000 miles) for charity since starting in the southern city of Porto Alegre in January.

Jun 13, 2014

England’s Hodgson has no fears about pitch conditions in Manaus

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – England’s manager and captain both said on Friday they had no concerns about the state of the pitch in Manaus, where officials are trying to overcome problems ahead of the Group D opener against Italy on Saturday.

The grass in the Amazônia arena, which is suffering from the ferocious heat and humidity in the Amazon region of northwest Brazil, looked to be in better condition on Friday than it had done two days previously.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-England’s Hodgson has no fears about pitch conditions in Manaus

MANAUS, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – England’s manager and captain both said on Friday they had no concerns about the state of the pitch in Manaus, where officials are trying to overcome problems ahead of the Group D opener against Italy on Saturday.

The grass in the Amazônia arena, which is suffering from the ferocious heat and humidity in the Amazon region of northwest Brazil, looked to be in better condition on Friday than it had done two days previously.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-UK’s cycling money man ditches capitalism after long Brazil ride

MANAUS, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – London accountant Andy Smith used to make good money in the City but says he is giving up on full-blown capitalism after a five-month bicycle ride through Brazil opened his eyes to life’s real riches.

The lean and heavily tanned 35-year-old stood in the baking heat outside the Amazonia arena in Manaus on Thursday after cycling almost 8,000 km (5,000 miles) for charity since starting in the southern city of Porto Alegre in January.

Jun 11, 2014

Manaus pitch looks poor, but FIFA calm about England-Italy clash

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Parts of the pitch in Manaus’s Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape on Wednesday just days ahead of England’s Group D World Cup clash with Italy but FIFA said it was confident the grass would be ready in time.

Manaus is deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, noted for its high temperatures and stifling humidity, and the pitch has been a concern for months. A team of FIFA experts is in Manaus to help deal with the damage.

Jun 11, 2014

Soccer-Manaus pitch looks poor, but FIFA calm about England-Italy clash

MANAUS, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – Parts of the pitch in Manaus’s Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape on Wednesday just days ahead of England’s Group D World Cup clash with Italy but FIFA said it was confident the grass would be ready in time.

Manaus is deep in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, noted for its high temperatures and stifling humidity, and the pitch has been a concern for months. A team of FIFA experts is in Manaus to help deal with the damage.

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      "I have been the National Political Correspondent in Canada for Reuters since 1999, focussing on politics, defence (in particular Canada's role in the Afghan War) and the environment. I won the award for Reuters Treasury scoop in 2009 for my work at the G20 summit. From 1995 to 1999 I worked in London, mainly covering foreign affairs, and from 1989 to 1995 I was stationed in Moscow where I covered the collapse of the Soviet Union and the many conflicts this helped trigger."
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