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Germany choose resort in northern Qatar as FIFA World Cup camp



Four-time champions Germany will be based in a new resort in northern Qatar for the Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 FIFA World Cup, the nation’s football association DFB said on Wednesday.

The DFB said Hansi Flick and his players will be staying in a separate area of the Zulal Wellness Resort in Al-Ruwais on the northern coast of the country, an hour’s drive from the capital of Doha.

The team will arrive on Nov. 17 and train at the nearby facilities of first-division club Al-Shamal, the DFB said.

Germany face Spain, Japan and the winners of a play-off between New Zealand and Costa Rica in the group stage.

“We have everything we need in Al-Ruwais —- we are only a short drive from Al Shamal’s training ground.

“The fantastic conditions there will allow us to focus and to train intensively, and there is a wonderfully-relaxed environment at the hotel.

“Those are the most important things for me as head coach,” Flick said.

DFB director Oliver Bierhoff said: “We want to create the best possible conditions for our team to have a successful tournament.

“This facility meets almost all of our requirements for a team hotel.

“It offers the team the opportunity to switch off from the hustle and bustle of playing at a World Cup.

“At this resort, we can concentrate on the task in hand, work in a focused manner and recuperate well. Team spirit plays a crucial role at a World Cup.

“We want to create a camaraderie that can help us go deep in the tournament.”

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