Portugal’s national football team has announced the location of its World Cup base for the 2014 tournament in Brazil.
The squad will stay in a resort in the mid-sized city of Campinas, in Sao Paolo state.
They have reportedly chosen the base because of its closeness to an airport, thereby limiting the squad’s overland travel.
The team intend to use the Moises Lucarelli stadium in Campinas. But they may have to train on other pitches nearby, because of privacy issues at the stadium.
Ponte Preta’s ground is surrounded by high rises and the Portuguese Football Federation has reportedly asked for the stadium to be covered, to avoid training sessions being watched by prying eyes.
Stadium administrator Elias da Silva said: “We know that the World Cup is a war, no? So if Portugal are going to practice, they want, like I say, somewhere more hidden. Here with the buildings around it’s difficult because the press can find a place to film those key practices. So it’s difficult, the major problem was really the buildings around.”
The team’s decision to stay outside the bustling mega cities of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo comes after Germany’s squad announced plans to do the same last week.