England v Italy KO time changes

England's kick-off time for their World Cup clash with Italy on June 14 has been brought forward to 2300 BST.

Last Updated: 07/12/13 at 16:51 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: England boss would preferred original kick-off time

Roy Hodgson: England boss would preferred original kick-off time

FIFA has bowed to pressure from broadcasters by moving forward the kick-off time for England's rumble in the jungle with Italy.

England were due to play Italy at 9pm local time in Manaus on June 14, but FIFA brought kick-off forward three hours due to pressure from broadcasters.

ITV and Rai were concerned about viewing figures as the timing of the kick-off would have been 2am in the UK and 3am in Italy.

After the draw, Roy Hodgson said he was "happy" with the kick-off being at 9pm.

The England boss added: "Our views will be taken into account."

But FIFA has gone against his wishes.

The England manager was said to be "relaxed" about FIFA's move.

"Roy is aware, we are very relaxed about it and will continue to make the necessary preparations," said Adrian Bevington, managing director of Club England.

FIFA said a 6pm kick-off shares "similar conditions" to a 9pm one, and they are more or less right.

"There shouldn't be a great deal of difference between 9pm and 6pm," said Ben Windsor of MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association.

"Sunset will always be close to 6pm, so they'll be playing under floodlit conditions either way.

"The only difference would be if it's a day where heavy showers build up during the afternoon. These will be more likely to have died out by 9pm compared to 6pm.

"Temperatures will be slightly cooler - around three to five degrees - at 9pm, but not by much as it tends to stay fairly hot and sticky throughout the night in tropical regions."

The kick-off times for England's other two games against Uruguay and Costa Rica have not changed.

England fans have been told to be on their guard during their trip to Manaus, which is located right in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

"It's possible to meet alligators at night," a pamphlet from Manaus' tourist board says.

Poisonous snakes, spiders and exotic birds are also common in the jungle, where humidity levels soar beyond 80 per cent and temperatures usually hit around 29 degrees centigrade.

The Football Supporters' Federation said there had been a "mixed" reaction among England fans to the news that the team would be playing in Manaus.

Some fans, it said, had been put off by the idea of trekking to the jungle, but others were relishing the prospect of experiencing true Amazonian culture despite the heat.

Manaus' sports minister Fabricio Lima insists the humidity will not be a problem, however.

"For the supporters and for the English team the only warmth they will feel is from the people of Manaus and that is all that counts," he said with a smile.

Croatia take on Cameroon in Manaus and Switzerland also face Honduras in the city's specially-built 44,000-seater stadium called the Arena da Amazonia.

Manaus has little football heritage, but organisers wanted to take the tournament to all four corners of the country.

British businesses flocked there in the 19th century to make money from a booming rubber trade.

Mosquitos will be the biggest problem for England fans when they travel to Manaus. Visitors run the risk of contracting malaria if they do not take the right medication before they travel.

The Department of Health advises travellers to Manaus to take one of a wide range of drugs the week before they travel.

Those include Chloroquine, Proguanil and Doxycycline as some of malaria tablets available.

Side effects in some of the drugs include upset stomachs, headaches, diarrhoea and mouth ulcers.

Visitors have to continue taking the drugs for up to four weeks after they leave the Amazon.

Fans must also make sure they have good quality mosquito nets, the Department of Health said on their website.

Another problem for England fans is that there are no direct flights to Manaus. The best route is to go via Portugal.

The cheapest flights currently stand at around £750. The most expensive ones can cost over £5,000.

In total, seven matches have had their kick-off times revised.

Revised match schedule:

*Kick-off times BST

GROUP A

June 12 Sao Paulo, 2100: Brazil v Croatia
June 13 Natal, 1700: Mexico v Cameroon
June 17 Fortaleza, 2000: Brazil v Mexico
June 18 Manaus, 2300: Cameroon v Croatia
June 23 Brasilia, 2100: Cameroon v Brazil
June 23 Recife, 2100: Croatia v Mexico

GROUP B

June 13 Salvador, 2000: Spain v Holland
June 13 Cuiaba, 2300: Chile v Australia
June 18 Rio de Janeiro, 2000: Spain v Chile
June 18 Porto Alegre, 1700: Australia v Holland
June 23 Curitiba, 1700: Australia v Spain
June 23 Sao Paulo, 1700: Holland v Chile

GROUP C

June 14 Belo Horizonte, 1700: Colombia v Greece
June 15 Recife, 0200: Ivory Coast v Japan
June 19 Brasilia, 1700: Colombia v Ivory Coast
June 19 Natal, 2300: Japan v Greece
June 24 Cuiaba, 2100: Japan v Colombia
June 24 Fortaleza, 2100: Greece v Ivory Coast

GROUP D

June 14 Fortaleza, 2000: Uruguay v Costa Rica
June 14 Manaus, 2300: England v Italy
June 19 Sao Paulo, 2000: Uruguay v England
June 20 Recife, 1700: Italy v Costa Rica
June 24 Natal, 1700: Italy v Uruguay
June 24 Belo Horizonte, 1700: Costa Rica v England

GROUP E

June 15 Brasilia, 1700: Switzerland v Ecuador
June 15 Porto Alegre, 2000: France v Honduras
June 20 Salvador, 2000: Switzerland v France
June 20 Curitiba, 2300: Honduras v Ecuador
June 25 Manaus, 2100: Honduras v Switzerland
June 25 Rio de Janeiro, 2100: Ecuador v France

GROUP F

June 15 Rio de Janeiro, 2300: Argentina v Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 16 Curitiba, 2000: Iran v Nigeria
June 21 Belo Horizonte, 1700: Argentina v Iran
June 21 Cuiaba, 2300: Nigeria v Bosnia-Herzegovina
June 25 Porto Alegre, 1700: Nigeria v Argentina
June 25 Salvador, 1700: Bosnia-Herzegovina v Iran

GROUP G

June 16 Salvador, 1700: Germany v Portugal
June 16 Natal, 2300: Ghana v USA
June 21 Fortaleza, 2000: Germany v Ghana
June 22 Manaus, 2300: Portugal v USA
June 26 Recife, 1700: USA v Germany
June 26 Brasilia, 1700: Portugal v Ghana

GROUP H

June 17 Belo Horizonte, 1700: Belgium v Algeria
June 17 Cuiaba, 2300: Russia v South Korea
June 22 Rio de Janeiro, 1700: Belgium v Russia
June 22 Porto Alegre, 2000: South Korea v Algeria
June 26 Sao Paulo, 2100: South Korea v Belgium
June 26 Curitiba, 2100: Algeria v Russia

LAST 16

Match 49 - June 28 Belo Horizonte, 1700: Winner A v Runner-up B
Match 50 - June 28 Rio de Janeiro, 2100: Winner C v Runner-up D
Match 51 - June 29 Fortaleza, 1700: Winner B v Runner-up A
Match 52 - June 29 Recife, 2100: Winner D v Runner-up C
Match 53 - June 30 Brasilia, 1700: Winner E v Runner-up F
Match 54 - June 30 Porto Alegre, 2100: Winner G v Runner-up H
Match 55 - July 1 Sao Paulo, 1700: Winner F v Runner-up E
Match 56 - July 1 Salvador, 2100: Winner H v Runner-up G

QUARTER-FINALS

Match 57 - July 4 Fortaleza, 2100: Winner Match 49 v Winner Match 50
Match 58 - July 4 Rio de Janeiro, 1700: Winner Match 53 v Winner Match 54
Match 59 - July 5 Salvador, 2100: Winner Match 51 v Winner Match 52
Match 60 - July 5 Brasilia, 1700: Winner Match 55 v Winner Match 56

SEMI-FINALS

July 8 Belo Horizonte, 2100: Winner Match 57 v Winner Match 58
July 9 Sao Paulo, 2100: Winner Match 59 v Winner Match 60

THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF

July 12 Brasilia, 2100

FINAL

July 13 Rio de Janeiro, 2000


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