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Italy and England to propose drinks breaks during World Cup matches in Manaus

Dec 6, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

The Arena Amazônia is the host stadium in the humid confides of the Amazon rainforest. Getty Images

With the pair of European teams squaring off in one of the four group stage matches to take place in the stifling Arena Amazonia heat and humidity, the two countries have decided to present FIFA with an idea.

They will ask the soccer governing body to build drinks breaks into the each match played out in the Amazon rainforest.

“The idea of drinks breaks has been mentioned and we’ll back that,” said England manager Roy Hodgson.

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli also confirmed their support of the idea.

Hodgson, as well as USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann, were open about their desire to avoid the Amazonian heat prior to the draw.

Both were drawn into matches in Manaus.

England lucked out a bit, drawing a match scheduled for 9:00pm local time, while the United States will play theirs at 2:00pm local time.

An on-site coordinator told the New York Times back in November that during the construction of the Arena Amazonia, workers are forced to use special techniques to avoid the heat weraking havoc on the new arena.

They have to use a specialized paint on stadium seats, since normal paint would have melted right off. They also had to spend extra time making sure joints were properly solidified since the intense humidity could cause steel to buckle over time.

The concept of a drinks break is not a foreign concept in British sport.  Test cricket, a popular sport in the UK, builds drinks breaks into each of its three sessions daily.  Since test matches can be played from morning to evening, players are standing out in the sun practically the entire duration of the day.

We’ll leave you with one more note about Manaus, from English journalist Paul Hirst:

  1. mvktr2 - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    These two along with some other uefa teams are going to wilt like a cotton suit in a production of cat on a hot tin roof.

    • wfjackson3 - Dec 7, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      LOL. Agreed. I don’t know why anyone outside of Europe would support this idea. It only benefits those teams.

      It’s not any different than having to play in Louisiana. Just go train there if they are so damn worried about it.

      • Kyle Bonn - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:55 PM

        Equatorial heat and humidity is quite different from Louisiana

      • wfjackson3 - Dec 7, 2013 at 9:25 PM

        Would you care to explain the physics of that to me? If the relative humidity and the temperature are the same, the only macro variable left to account for, that I am aware of, is wind.

      • mvktr2 - Dec 7, 2013 at 8:23 PM

        Fair enough but me thinks Kyle Bonn has never spent an August in the deep south. Comparing August in Baton Rouge LA to May in Manaus Brazil reveals the following:
        Category – Baton Rouge – Manaus
        Av. Temp – 81.9 – 81
        Av. AM Humidity – 93% – 95%
        Av. PM Humidity – 61% – 77%
        (from weatherbase dot com)

        I’m sure it rains a good bit more in Manaus which accounts for the difference in PM humidity, otherwise almost mirror images.

        The point is that euro teams are less adept at dealing with the elements and as wfjackson3 says, training in LA would induce a good acclimation environment.

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