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Germany Faces Hottest World Cup Games as Italy Trains in Sauna

June 05, 2014

Germany’s players face the most uncomfortable start to the World Cup in Brazil, with a projected average temperature of 28 degrees Centigrade (83 Fahrenheit) and high humidity for its first three games, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The team, which is scheduled to arrive in Brazil this weekend, is playing in the northeast cities of Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife, with two of those opening-round group games starting at 1 p.m. local time. The World Cup starts on June 12 in Sao Paulo.

Bloomberg’s “discomfort” table for the opening group phase takes into account historical data from each World Cup host city, including average temperature, angle of the sun, cloud cover and humidity.

The Germans, who face Portugal, Ghana and the U.S. in the first round, have the hottest and fourth most humid conditions, based on the dew point, the temperature at which water vapor in the air condenses into liquid.

Germany has built a base in Santa Cruz Cabralia in the northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia to help acclimatize. Most of the other 31 teams will be based in southern states, including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where temperatures are usually cooler. The tournament takes places at the start of the Brazilian winter.

Discomfort Ranking

Italy faces the second-highest discomfort ranking and equals Germany for hottest projected temperature at kickoff time, according to the data. The Italians face England in Manaus, the capital of the Amazon rainforest state, in a 6 p.m. game and have 1 p.m. matches against Costa Rica in Recife and Uruguay in Natal.

The Italians have prepared for the conditions in the Amazon region by exercising in “a type of sauna” in a wooden building at a training camp in Coverciano, near Florence, La Repubblica reported May 20.

Along with Italy, the U.S. faces the most humid group-stage schedule, with an average dew point at kickoff of 22.7 degrees Celsius. WeatherSpark, a weather data aggregator, considers a reading above 18.4 degrees to be “muggy” and a figure above 24.5 as “oppressive.”

The U.S. games are at Natal, Manaus and Recife, against Ghana, Portugal and Germany.

Brazil is among the teams with the most comfortable weather, with its first three games starting at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. The host faces Croatia in Sao Paulo, Mexico in Fortaleza and Cameroon in Brasilia.

The first two teams in each of the eight groups advance to the round of 16. The final is in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex McIntyre in New York at; Alex Duff in Madrid at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at Michael Sillup

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