Italy selects seaside training base for World Cup

Italy’s training base for the World Cup will be a seaside resort

100 kilometers (62 miles) west of Rio de Janeiro.

The Italian football federation says the Azzurri will stay at

the Portobello Resort & Safari in Mangaratiba, where there are

also training grounds.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli preferred the resort two hours from

Rio over a city base to avoid wasting time traveling between the

team hotel and training base like at this year’s Confederations

Cup.

Italy will depart for Brazil on June 5.

Drawn into Group D, Italy will face England in Manaus on June

14, Costa Rica in Recife on June 20 and Uruguay in Natal on June

24.

Each of the group matches are more than 2,000 kilometers (1,000

miles) away from the training base.