A groundsman cuts the grass at the 2014 soccer World Cup venue at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Wednesday June 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
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Parts of the pitch in Manaus' Amazonia arena still looked in poor shape 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 the 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.The grass Wednesday was threadbare in places and discolored in others. Jose Melo, the governor of Amazonas state where Manaus is located, said the grass was suffering in the high humidity.
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