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

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


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:

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.

Agent: Liverpool contacted Klopp only after Rodgers firing

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09:  Jurgen Klopp arrives to be unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC at a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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As soon as Brendan Rodgers was dismissed by Liverpool on Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s name was tossed around as the likely successor to the then-vacant Liverpool managerial position.

However, according to Klopp’s representatve Marc Kosicke, Liverpool did not make contact with the German until after Rodgers had been officially let go.

“The first call from Liverpool came after the dismissal as coach of Rodgers,” Kosicke told Bild. “Before Liverpool there were naturally quite a few inquiries. But Jurgen always asked me not to take it any further.”

Club management was less committal than Klopp’s rep, but did say they had their eye on the German for some time. “We have learned to keep certain matters confidential. We had a meeting recently with Jurgen that he has talked about and I don’t want to talk too much about these conversations. But we have thought about him for a long time and everyone who knows football knows he is an outstanding manager.”

It’s relatively hard to believe Liverpool would have canned Rodgers without knowing for sure that a top-level target such as Klopp or Carlo Ancelotti were on board to replace him. It also would mean discussions of the contract terms and logistics would have moved at lightning speed, with just four days between the Rodgers dismissal and Klopp’s official unveiling.