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The World Cup Countdown: Now Manaus threatened
by Paul Kennedy, May 27th, 2014 9:11PM

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[BRAZIL 2014] On top of the worst drought in Sao Paulo since 1930 and the threat of El Nino-type conditions that could produce extremely dry and sunny weather in the Southeast of Brazil, add to the potential weather problems flooding in Manaus, the Amazonian city in which the USA will face Portugal on June 22.

Manaus has declared a state of emergency as the Rio Negro, one of the city's two major tributaries, swells. Arena Amazonia, site of four group matches, is not threatened, however. June is the height of the rainy season in the Amazon.

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According to spokesperson, a 180-day state of emergency into effect on Tuesday as a preventive measure to assure swift access to emergency resources if needed.

PRE-WORLD CUP, Wednesday:
May 28 in Mexico City
Mexico vs. Israel
May 28 in Seoul
South Korea vs. Tunisia
May 28 in London
Nigeria vs. Scotland

ACCIDENT MARS GERMAN COMMERCIAL. Germany's World Cup team had to cancel a match against Germany's under-20 national team at its its mountain camp in Italy after two players were involved in an accident at a race track that resulted in two people being taken to a hospital, one with serious injuries.

German soccer federation sponsor Mercedes-Benz was filming a commercial involving Mercedes-Benz race car drivers and the national team players.

Schalke 04's Benedikt Hoewedes and Julian Draxler were not injured in the accident. They were passengers when race car drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Rosberg were doing laps on a short-circuit track near the German team's hotel in South Tyrol. Neither driver was injured.

Germany coach Joachim Loew called off the match and instead held a closed-door practice at which both Hoewedes and Draxler both took part.

The accident came the same day Lowe acknowledged he had lost his driver's license for repeated speeding violations. Loew said he ''unfortunately'' drives too fast at times. He added that he needs to ''restrain himself'' and promises to change his ''driving behavior.''

Loew would not say how long he'll be without a license but Bild said it was for at least six months.

Roster Cuts

AUSTRALIA. Australia coach Ange Postecoglou made his first three cuts, dropping Curtis Good, Josh Brillante and Adam Sarota from his preliminary squad on Tuesday. Both Good and Sarota had been injured. "It wasn't easy decisions because obviously players being so close to getting on the plane to the World Cup," Postecoglou said. "It was not the best news to deliver."

World Cup 2014 Squads:
Group A: Brazil (23) | Cameroon (28) | Croatia (30) | *Mexico (23)
Group B: *Australia (27) | Chile (30) | Netherlands (30) | Spain (30)
Group C:
Colombia (30) | *Greece (23) | Ivory Coast (28) | Japan (23)
Group D
: Costa Rica (26) | England (23) | Italy (30) | Uruguay (25)
Group E:
Ecuador (24) | *France (23) | Honduras (23) | Switzerland (23)
Group F: *Argentina (26) | Bosnia-Herzegovina (24) | Iran (28) | Nigeria (30)
Group G: Germany (30) | Ghana (26) | *Portugal (23) | *USA (23)
Group H: Algeria (30) | Belgium (24) | Russia (23) | South Korea (23)
*Updated roster.


1 comment
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: May 28, 2014 at 2:53 p.m.
    Argh! More problems!


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