Manaus mayor: We don’t want England for World Cup

Go Home, England!

The mayor of the Brazilian city of Manaus says England will not

be welcome during the World Cup because coach Roy Hodgson said the

jungle city is the place to avoid next year.

Manaus Mayor Arthur Virgilio said Thursday he hopes the luck of

the draw Friday will keep the English team from playing in his

city. Friday’s draw will determine who and where each of the 32

teams will play next June and July.

Virgilio said in a statement: ”We hope to get a better team and

a coach who is more sensible and polite.”

Hodgson told English media earlier this week that he was more

worried about the venues than about the opponents. He said ”the

tropical nature of Manaus is the problem. I’m just mouthing what

everybody has been saying to me.”

”We would also prefer that England doesn’t come,” Virgilio

said. ”We hope to get a better team and a coach who is more

sensible and polite. He’s one of the few people in the world who is

not curious about the Amazon, who doesn’t want to know

Manaus.”

Hodgson told English media earlier this week that he was more

worried about the venues than about the opponents, and that the

weather will be ”problematic” for all teams, especially the ones

in northern Europe.

It will be winter in Brazil during next year’s World Cup, but

conditions in Manaus are usually hot and humid throughout the year.

Porto Alegre, meanwhile, is located in the southern region of the

country, where temperatures are much cooler.

”You have a better chance if you get one of the venues where

the climate is kinder,” Hodgson said.

Virgilio said Hogson was just making excuses.

”To make excuses shows lack of enthusiasm and

self-confidence,” Virgilio said. ”Fortunately the English people

are different than Mr. Hodgson. It’s polite to be able to value

what is beautiful. And nothing is more beautiful and instigating

than Amazonia, (the state of) Amazonas, and Manaus.”

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