She’s not a surprise guest, but the heat is definitely there in Doha for those who get up early or go to bed late. It is therefore necessary to be somewhere early in the morning to measure the effects, when the sun is strong and the shade is scarce. But night falls around 4:30 p.m. and it is a blessing for the France team, which will play its three first-round matches at 10 p.m. Tuesday against Australia, 7 p.m. against Denmark on Saturday and 6 p.m. against Tunisia. , on Tuesday 26, local time. Players shouldn’t suffer too much.
Sunday for example at 10 p.m., in the capital, the thermometer showed 22 degrees – 23 in feeling because of the humidity (66%) – and a wind at 22 km / h almost as refreshing as an air conditioner, especially when you approaches the sea. Since the arrival of the players on Wednesday, the temperatures have dropped. But it also depends on individual feelings. While Olivier Giroud and Aurélien Tchouaméni disagreed with each other on Thursday, Youssouf Fofana sided with the striker instead on Saturday at a press conference : “It’s really hot even when the sun goes down, I assure you. »
“These are not exceptional conditions. The World Cups in Mexico in 86 and in the United States in 94 had left a lot of traces on the organisms”
It was already much less obvious on Sunday, when we would have almost endured a little wool, late in the evening. “These are not exceptional conditions, explains Christophe Geoffroy, the physiotherapist of the Blues. The World Cups in Mexico in 86 and in the United States in 94 had left a lot of traces on the bodies, up to 4 to 5 kg lost per game for some players. »
Without going that far, the Hungary-France of the last Euro (0-0), disputed under 37 degrees, had left its mark. Refreshment breaks, to hydrate when the temperature exceeds 32 degrees, should be much rarer than in Budapest in June 2021. In this environment, air conditioning, ubiquitous in hotels and stadiums, can be a fake friend.
On Sunday, the wind tunnels were turned off during Les Bleus training at the Jassim-Ben-Hamad stadium in Doha. “Air conditioning and “hot/cold” are aggressive for the body and potentially promote ENT and bronchopulmonary problems”says Franck Le Gall, the doctor of the France team. The instruction is given to remove them if possible or to put them at the lowest to avoid going from a sunbathing area to a freezer when entering a locker room or the hotel. » With all the packages that have fallen on the heads of the Blues for a few weeks, it would only be missing that those who remain catch a cold.