Hodgson fears SWC chaos
London - England manager Roy Hodgson has
warned that teams competing at the 2014 Soccer World Cup in Brazil face
"enormous logistical problems" that threaten to overshadow the
With five World Cup victories and a host of legendary
players, Brazil is widely regarded as one of football's traditional
heartlands and a deserving host of the international game's showpiece
But it will be the first time Brazil has staged the World
Cup since 1950 and Hodgson is concerned that the wild variations in
climate and potential travel problems in such a vast land could make the
South American country a troubled venue.
Speaking at a media
forum the managers of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on
Friday, Hodgson said: "They've got a major logistical problem on their
hands. It's a vast country. I don't think we realise quite how vast.
"There's going to be enormous difficulties for the teams that qualify, according to where they're drawn.
got to remember, it's the Brazilian winter, so it's not going to be
particularly much of a sunbathing time unless you happen to find
yourself in Rio.
"If you're down in Porto Alegre, you'll going to
need your fur coat because it snows and temperatures reach single
figures, certainly, and maybe even sometimes lower.
"And if you
find yourself in Manaus then you won't be sunbathing but you will find
45, 50 degrees of heat and plenty of mosquitos as well being near the
Hodgson also revealed he had scouted potential
bases in Rio, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte and is worried about the kind
of training facilities and hotels that could await teams.
"When you're talking about Brazil, you're talking about Rio, and I don't think all 32 teams can be in Rio," he said.
major problem at the moment is that the local organising committee and
the management of FIFA haven't yet come to a definite decision which
training ground will be paired with which hotel.
"You don't really want to be necessarily choosing a hotel with a training venue you don't like and vice-versa.
"The hotels will be, not a problem, but they'll be a challenge.
type of hotels that you're likely to stay in won't be the sort of
hotels that national teams like to stay in, where you can essentially
commandeer a hotel and fashion it to your requirements.
very difficult to get the type of privacy that national teams prefer, if
they can get it, when they go to major tournaments."
criticisms, Hodgson admits staging the World Cup in the homeland of
Pele, Ronaldo and Romario for just the second time will please the
purists, especially since the two tournaments after that will be held in
less glamorous Russia and Qatar.
"The fact that it's Brazil, we
can't deny adds some spice to this tournament because it is such a major
footballing power, has been for so many years," he said.
country which is totally dominated by football. They're also known, of
course, for their carnivals and their party atmosphere, which I'm sure
won't be something which supporters would find too daunting.
are going to a lot keener to go to Brazil than perhaps some other
countries that are occasionally chosen to be World Cup venues."
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