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Prandelli calls for World Cup timeouts

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Italy coach Cesare Prandelli has called for timeouts at next summer's World Cup to ensure players remain hydrated.

Prandelli is concerned about how the climate in Brazil will affect players, with temperatures and humidity expected to be high across a number of the cities.

"I'd like to propose timeouts for rehydration breaks," said Prandelli at a news conference in Rome on Tuesday, prior to the departure for Friday's draw in Brazil.

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"There are two big problems in Brazil and that is the heat and the humidity, which are worryingly high in certain cities and we felt that during the Confederations Cup."

At the Confederations Cup in Brazil this summer, which is seen as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, Italy struggled with tiredness and cramps - giving them a good idea of how they would fare in 2014.

Prandelli feels everybody would benefit from having additional breaks during matches, although simply placing bottles of water behind the goals, like last summer, is not the solution.

"If you look at the video footage [of the Confederations Cup], you see that everybody was dashing for a drink every time there was a corner," he said.

"The risk is people will start kicking the ball out for a corner just to have a drink. Timeouts would be better. If we want to provide the world with a spectacle, then we need to give the players the chance to provide it."

Meanwhile, Germany coach Joachim Loew has said it is up to his side to be fully prepared for the conditions that await in South America.

He said: "No European team is used to play football in South America - in those stadiums, in this special climate. The South Americans are attuned to it.

"We will need to adjust ourselves, it make a huge difference for us if we play at 15 degrees Celsius or maybe at 35 degrees Celsius.

"The conditions can change all the time, from stadium to stadium, the humidity can be extremely high. The travelling, the distances, the organisation are all completely different to Europe."

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