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Germany already eyeing World Cup base in Brazil

September 08, 2012


Germany's head coach Joachim Loew, assistant coach Hansi Flick and goal keeper coach Andreas Koeppke, from left, sit on the bench during the Brazil World Cup 2014 group C qualifying match between Germany and Faroe Islands. -Photo by AP

BERLIN: Germany may have only just won their first World Cup qualifier, but the German Football Federation (DFB) are already planning their base for Brazil 2014, it was revealed on Saturday.

Real Madrid's Mesut Ozil scored twice in Friday's 3-0 win over Faroe Islands in Hanover to start their Group C campaign with three points, but more than 600 days before the World Cup starts, the Germans are planning their Brazil base.

At the end of the year, team manager Oliver Bierhoff will head a DFB delegation to South America to look for their base hotel during the next World Cup which starts on June 12 2014.

“We will fly at the end of November, start of December, to Brazil. We'll be looking at three different regions: Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador,” Bierhoff confirmed to German daily Bild.

The Porto Alegro region in Brazil's south has already been ruled out as it is already regarded by the DFB as being too cold and wet even in summer, with the next World Cup to be held during the southern hemisphere winter.

The Germans have a tradition of securing their preferred hotel for major tournaments early while other teams are considering their options.

Joachim Loew's back-room staff booked their luxury hotel near Gdansk, Poland, for this June's Euro 2012 a full year before the tournament started.

None of the 16 other teams were as quick.

Germany play their second World Cup qualifier in Vienna against Austria on Tuesday.