Germans to build their base on coast for World Cup

Germany will use a newly built World Cup base near for next

year’s tournament in Brazil that will allow for relatively short

flights to its games.

The German Football Federation said Friday the coastal base will

be in the state of Bahia, 19 miles north of Porto Seguro.

The base is still under construction and will consist of 14

two-story houses for players and team officials. A media center and

practice field will be nearby. The base is near the village of

Santo Andre and will be finished by March.

National team manager Oliver Bierhoff said the facility was

”not being built for us and according to our wishes.” But the

newspaper Bild, which first reported the choice of base, said coach

Joachim Loew was not happy with the hotels offered and decided on

the new camp.

The project is financially supported by a German entrepreneur,

the federation said.

The German team will fly to Brazil on June 7 and prepare for the

tournament at its base. Germany plays Portugal on June 16 in

Salvador, Ghana on June 21 in Fortaleza and the United States on

June 26 in Recife.

Germany is seeking its fourth World Cup title and the first

since 1990. The last major title Germany won was the 1996 European

Championship.

After an exhibition game against Poland on May 13, the Germans

will train for 10 days at the end of May in Alto Adige, a

German-speaking region in northern Italy.

An exhibition against an undetermined opponent is scheduled for

Moenchengladbach on June 1, and another in Mainz on June 6. Germany

also plays Chile on March 5 in Stuttgart.