The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) unveiled the definitive version of the Directory of National Team Training Centres (CTS) at a special launch event held on Tuesday.
Staged at Sao Paulo Futebol Clube’s Training Centre in Barra Funda, the event was attended by LOC Chairman Jose Maria Marin, the Brazilian Minister of Sport Aldo Rebelo and Carlos Alberto Parreira, the Brazilian national team’s technical coordinator.
Also present were Oscar Bernardi, Brazil’s team captain at Spain 1982, and Michael Lang, the mayor of the German town of Wangen, which hosted the Togo team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany.
Containing technical information and details on the 83 National Team Training Centres allocated for use by the 32 sides that will contest next year’s World Cup, the directory will be available to download at FIFA.com from Wednesday. The final edition features 16 new training centre/hotel complexes.
“This directory is the result of a long and painstaking evaluation process and contains very important information for the national teams taking part in next year’s World Cup,” said Marin.
Praise from Parreira and Oscar
Parreira, who has coached at six World Cups, told reporters that in order to perform at their best at the tournament players need to have access to facilities where they can work, rest and recuperate before and after games.
“The National Team Centres need to offer a safe, comfortable environment where players can recover,” he said, stressing his point.
Sharing that view was former Brazil defender and captain Bernardi, who now runs one of the training centres pre-selected for use at next year’s big event. A veteran of the 1978, 1982 and 1986 world finals, Bernardi spoke of the various training centres he used during his World Cup career and how much both they and the attention afforded to national teams have evolved since then.
“At Argentina 78 we stayed at a school that had been completely cleared for the Brazil team, and our accommodation at Spain 82 was an old hotel miles from the city,” he explained. “Things have changed an awful lot since 1986 and it pleases me to see such good facilities today.”
Bernardi’s training centre is not far from the town of Campinas, in inland Sao Paulo, a region that he said hopes to welcome one or more national teams.
One town with experience of welcoming teams at the biggest football show on Earth is Wangen in Germany. Situated in the south of the country, right on the borders with Austria and Switzerland, and founded some 1,200 years ago, Wangen hosted the Togo squad at Germany 2006, an experience that Mayor Lang described as unforgettable.
“The 2006 World Cup was a fairy tale for Wangen,” he said. “Welcoming a national team generates a lot of opportunities for a town and can boost the local economy too. The most important thing is to enjoy having the squad and the players there and having them interact with local people, which is what happened at Wangen with Togo. Any town that hosts a team has to be enthusiastic about their football and we always have been.”
As Sports Minister Rebelo then pointed out, the National Team Training Centres broaden the scope of the World Cup, taking it beyond the Host Cities and the stadiums where games are played.
“The CTSs represent an opportunity to spread the benefits of the World Cup across the country,” he said. “Even if a city misses out on selection by a national team, the mere fact that they’re in the Directory of National Team Training Centres means they are on a very important list that serves as a point of reference for other events. That list ensures that the beneficial effects of the FIFA World Cup will be felt across the country.”
The process of evaluating training and accommodation complexes began in December 2011, and represented what can be seen as the first official attempt to map Brazil’s network of football facilities.
As part of the process, which was completed in May 2013, an evaluation team made up of 18 LOC experts travelled a total of 250,000 kilometres to inspect facilities. In total some 403 centres in 25 states and the Federal District of Brasilia presented applications during the four registration periods.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final Draw takes place at Costa do Sauipe in the state of Bahia on 6 December, after which teams will have until January 2014 to choose one of the bases available to them. In accordance with the regulations of the FIFA World Cup, participating teams must arrive in Brazil no later than five days before their first game.