Germany are hoping to steal a march on their World Cup rivals by constructing a purpose-built training base from scratch for the finals in Brazil.
While England have chosen a hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Joachim Low’s men will be in housed in a brand-new, secure complex of 14 two-story houses based around a central building and pool close to a coastal sports resort near Porto Seguro.
England’s choice of a hotel in Rio has been the subject of scare stories about open sewers nearby and security risks from a nearby favela, though the FA insists the squad are completely happy with their base.
Germany’s base – ‘Campo Bahia’ – is within two hours’ flight of the group venues in Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife, as well as other host cities including Rio, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.
It is being built by a Munich-based property entrepreneur, and the German FA said in a statement the training pitches and a media centre were within five minutes’ walk.
National team manager Oliver Bierhoff said: “Given the size of the country and the sometimes very large distances between individual venues, it was important to us to minimise travel stress as much as possible.
“Acclimatisation and recovery will play a major role at the World Cup and the resort offers ideal conditions to prepare for the early kick-off times and the expected heat and high humidity in Salvador, Fortaleza and Recife.”
He added: “The 2010 World Cup in South Africa showed that having short distances between the team headquarters, training area and media centre are very important for all concerned: players, coaches and media representatives alike.
“The squad can have their own space but at the same time it is all in a relatively small space and there is a central complex which will help promote team spirit. I am sure that this will have a positive impact on the atmosphere and the mood.”