Dec 6, 2013, 6:21 PM EST
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:
From Manaus pamphlet handed out to journalists in WC draw press centre: "It's possible to meet alligators at night." Very appealing.—
Paul Hirst (@hirstclass) December 06, 2013
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Dec 22, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 11:04 AM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 10:11 AM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 8:30 AM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 7:55 AM EST
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Dec 21, 2014, 11:59 PM EST
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