By Chris Wright
A photo of a Brazilian hotel lobby. Enjoy.
As spotted by our pals over at 101GG, Brazilian tabloid Lance have published what they are claiming to be a list of requirements and demands issued by several of the countries due to compete at the 2014 World Cup to the various hotels at which they are staying during the tournament.
It looks a little something like this…
Algeria: A copy of the Qur’an will need to be placed in the rooms of all players and officials so they can observe daily prayer.
Chile: Chile have requested that the Toca da Raposa hotel in Belo Horizonte create two new administrative rooms for use by technical staff and members of the Chilean press. They have also asked that new beds and flat-screen TVs be purchased and installed in the players’ rooms.
Iran: Coach Carlos Queiroz has asked for the support of Corinthians football club during the tournament, including the provision of cleaning staff (if our translation is correct).
Ecuador: A bowl of fresh Ecuadorian bananas in every room daily and a traditional Ecuadorian barbecue to welcome players and technical staff upon their arrival on June 9th.
Colombia: Approximately 15 players from the Sao Paulo youth team (Colombia are training at the club’s HQ) to come along and assist with training sessions and join in when necessary.
Uruguay: The Uruguayan technical committee have requested that, in the interest of peace and quiet, all air-conditioning units in players’ rooms must be completely silent. They’ve also asked for large protective screens to be placed around their training pitches to “avoid the presence of onlookers”.
France: Halal meat must be available at meal times to cater for Muslim players. All soap in the showers must be gel or liquid as players are not used to using blocks of soap.
Honduras: Six Spanish-language channels be added to the television, including two specifically-Honduran stations. The Honduran staff have also requested high-speed Wi-Fi internet connections and that a couple of bedrooms be converted into extra offices.
Japan: Nothing much, just an individual jacuzzi suite in each players’ room.
Australia: Two large coffee makers installed for every four players and a selection of world newspapers to be made available every day at the same location.
Switzerland: High-speed internet and Swiss-only television channels in all rooms for players, officials and members of the technical committee. Swiss press have also asked for a small studio set to be rigged up on the neighbouring beach for use as a backdrop for exclusive interviews with players after training.
Portugal: Each room has a games console. Portugal have also asked that clearance is granted for a six-man security guard team, four of whom will be specifically charged with looking after Cristiano Ronaldo.
Costa Rica: Requested the construction of a large games and relaxation suite for their players, complete with sofas, televisions and games consoles.
England: A feeding trough and slop bucket for Wayne Rooney.
One of those is made up. We’ll let you guess which one.