SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - The Canindé stadium in São Paulo has mainly been used in recent months for games, shows, and parties. The last time the Portuguesa Club football team played on its home ground was in August, when it was eliminated in the first round of the Paulista Cup. Non-football events and an issue with the water pump caused the lawn to "disappear" - what was green is now brown.

Canindé will host the Junior Soccer Cup in January. Therefore, the São Paulo Soccer Federation (FPF) inspected the stadium and approved the lawn restoration plan. Starting next . . .

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