Football is the international language, played in all corners of the world. No matter the conditions, from severe weather, to high altitude and local hostility, people will always play football.


To celebrate the release of the new xXx: Return of Xander Cage ​trailer, here's a look at seven examples of the most extreme conditions games have ever been played in.


Earthquake! (2016)

Pescara Calcio v Atalanta BC - Serie A

Only last week, a Serie A game between Pescara and Atalanta had to be temporarily suspended by officials after an earthquake disrupted the first half on the Adriatic coast.


A strong quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale had struck central regions of the country. The tremors were felt in Pescara, prompting an evacuation of the stadium, while buildings also shook in Rome over 100 miles away.


Atalanta won by a single goal after the match was resumed.


Downpour Stops Play (2006)

Watford v Wigan Athletic

Only a handful of Premier League games have ever been abandoned in the last 24 years, but Watford vs Wigan Athletic was one of them back in December 2006, after a heavy downpour throughout the match ultimately rendered Vicarage Road unplayable before the end.


With the players completely soaked and barely able to see through the driving rain, referee Steve Tanner was forced to call the game off early in the second half. The score was tied at 1-1 at the time, and when the game was replayed two months later it actually still finished 1-1.


Harder to Breathe (2009)

Argentina's footbalalers (R to L) defend

High altitude is always a significant factor when it comes to South American football, and Bolivia used it to their advantage in a big way when they famously hammered Argentina by a scoreline of 6-1 in a qualifying game for the 2010 World Cup.


Bolivia actually finished second bottom of the final standings while Argentina qualified automatically. But it was the altitude that day at the Estadio Hernando Siles in La Paz, nearly 12,000 feet above sea level, which left the visitors, then managed by Diego Maradona, out of breath and struggling to compete in what was their worst defeat in 60 years.


Hostile Territory (2005)

AC Milan v Inter Milan

A single game that produced some of the most iconic photography in football history, the Milan-Inter Champions League derby in April 2005 was played against a backdrop of severe fan hostility at the San Siro.


Lit flares rained down on the pitch from the stands in the second half, smouldering and producing plumes of smoke that made it almost impossible to see. The game later had to be abandoned when Milan goalkeeper Dida was struck by one of the flaming missiles.


Snow Problem (2013)

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

The United States Men's National Team had to overcome more than just the opposition as they claimed victory over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier in March 2013, beating a Rocky Mountain snow storm in the process as well.


Not only was the pitch in Commerce City, Colorado completely covered in snow, which had to be cleared to help keep the lines visible during the game, but the blizzard continued to rage while the contest was ongoing.


Clint Dempsey's early goal inside the first 16 minutes was the difference on the day as conditions deteriorated and made scoring virtually impossible.


'Hot in Herre' (2014)

Netherlands v Mexico: Round of 16 - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Football is played in hot climates in various places all over the planet, but FIFA saw fit to introduce mandatory 'cooling breaks' when temperatures in parts of Brazil soared towards 40 degree Celsius during the last World Cup.


The last 16 game between the Netherlands and Mexico produced the first official drink breaks - one per half - as the temperature in Fortaleza hit 39. Players from both sides trudged to the side of the pitch to re-hydrate and then carried on in the brutal heat.


Mexican coach Miguel Herrera still kept his suit jacket on throughout, though.


Sub Zero (2010)

Players of Rosenborg prepare for their E

Back in December 2010, Norwegian giants Rosenborg hosted Bayer Leverkusen in a Europa League game at their Lerkendal Stadion in the northern city of Trondheim, barely 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle.


The temperature had plummeted to 15 degrees below freezing by the time kick-off came around and that far below zero it's too cold even for snow. It's one thing for players on the pitch, who can at least run around in an attempt to stay warm, but spare a thought for those who were on the sidelines that night.


It's little wonder they wrapped up as well as they did.


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