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Brazil is final hold-out in base camp selection process

Defending champion Brazil remains the last of the 32 participating teams to confirm a base camp and training centre for the FIFA World Cup™. Teams have until March 2006 to choose their headquarters and training facilities.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee has produced a comprehensive accommodation catalogue to assist national associations in their search for a suitable base. The publication details 110 high-quality establishments together with their associated training facilities.

The selection of a base camp can be a time consuming process. The decision by USA to be based in Hamburg culminated a 16-month inspection process in which all 12 FIFA World Cup™ venues were closely examined.

"We looked at a number of venues throughout Germany to base our team," said USA manager Bruce Arena, "and felt Hamburg was clearly the best choice. We had great success in 2002 staging our operations in one location (Seoul, Korea Rep.) and travelling into our venues for games, and we feel that strategy will work for us again in 2006."

While some teams have chosen to be based outside of any venue where the team is set to play, others prefer to be closer to home. Ukraine has picked the Berlin suburb of Potsdam for their FIFA World Cup™ base.

"Potsdam is ideally located to become the temporary home for our team," Ukraine's national team manager Oleg Taradai was quoted as saying by local media. "It makes perfect sense because we play our first-round games in Leipzig, Hamburg and Berlin."

Breaking with tradition, host Germany has decided set up camp at the Schloss Hotel in the Berlin district of Grunewald instead of retreating to the countryside and will train at the Amateurstadion Hertha BSC.