The show must go on, they say - a sentiment that certainly shines through in football around the world. 

So when games are met with any kind of extreme conditions, the only question you really need to ask is: 'What time do we kick off?'

Arctic Circle

Players of Rosenborg prepare for their E

Away Champions League trips to Russia and Ukraine are always approached with trepidation by western European clubs because of notorious icy temperatures - Bayern Munich fell foul of the freezing weather this very season in a surprise loss against FC Rostov.

But one of the very coldest games in recent times took place in Norway. It was a Europa League group clash between Rosenborg, whose home stadium is barely 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and Bayer Leverkusen in December 2010.

Too cold even for snow, the temperature fell to as low as -15 by kick-off.

Hot Hot Hot


With increasing concerns over player safety at the height of the Brazilian summer during the last World Cup, FIFA decided to introduce mandatory drink breaks to ensure suitable levels of hydration were maintained when temperatures soared towards 40 degrees Celsius.

The last 16 clash between Netherlands and Mexico in Fortaleza was the first time such breaks were enforced. Once in each half, both sets of players made their way over to the sideline to pause and take on liquid, only to then carry on with the game under the blazing sun.

The Premier League followed suit with water breaks when temperatures in parts of England hit an unusually high 30 degrees in the shade in August 2015. It didn't go down too well with fans, though, as boos rang up and down the country when players paused to hydrate.

Altitude Sickness

Argentina's midfielder Carlos Tevez gest

Bolivia's great strength in international football is that their home stadium in the Andean city of La Paz is situated nearly 12,000 feet above sea level. Visiting players can't help but be affected by the extreme altitude, which allowed the Bolivian team to run riot against Argentina in one particular game in 2009.

Nicknamed Los Altiplanicos, which translates as 'The Highlanders', Bolivia took full advantage of the conditions and thoroughly hammered an Argentina side, then managed by legend Diego Maradona, by six goals to one in a World Cup qualifying game.

Out of breath and badly struggling in such thin air, it was Argentina's worst defeat in 60 years.

Snow Day

Costa Rica v United States - FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier

Snow has helped create a memorable backdrop to some of the most famous NFL games over the years, but it played a part on the soccer field in 2013 when the United States national team faced Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier.

The clash, which was eventually won by a single Clint Dempsey strike, took place in Commerce City, Colorado and was regularly paused so the lines could be kept clear and visible on the snow covered pitch while the blizzard raged on.

Given that the players could barely see - the USA's white kit made it particularly bad for them - it's little wonder the only goal was scored in the first 20 minutes before conditions worsened.

Heavens Open

AS Roma v UC Sampdoria - Serie A

A Serie A clash in Italy between Roma and Sampdoria eventually had to be abandoned in September of last year when an incredible deluge from above effectively turned the pitch into a lake while the game was still going on.

Both teams had actually managed to score before the referee brought a halt to proceedings. But the rain had still been relatively light at that point, demonstrating just how sudden the change in conditions were.

The tunnel area at Stadio Olimpico also completely flooded, turning it into what could only be described as a river.

Maximum Hostility

AC Milan v Inter Milan

A 2005 Derby della Madonnina in the Champions League between fierce rivals Milan and Inter produced some of the most iconic and enduring photography in football history when lit flares rained down on the pitch amid severe fan hostility in the San Siro.

As opposing players Manuel Rui Costa and Marco Materazzi watched on, the stadium filled with smoke above a red glow. The game was later abandoned completely when Milan goalkeeper Dida was actually struck by one of the flares.

Lightning Strikes

England v Honduras - International Friendly

England took on Honduras in an international friendly in Miami ahead of the 2014 World Cup - perhaps the 0-0 draw should have acted as a forewarning as to the tournament that followed for the Three Lions - but could only complete the game after a lightning storm had passed.

Play had to be temporarily suspended for more than half an hour midway through the first half as a violent electrical storm rolled in and jeopardised the safety of all those inside the stadium.

With an entire team in Democratic Republic of Congo reported to have died when lightning struck the pitch during a game in 1998, no one could blame organisers for being too careful.

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