FIFA announced on Wednesday (AEST) that the 32 football teams participating in this year’s World Cup will be hosted in replicas of Arabian palaces, health resorts and luxury hotels where alcohol is prohibited.
According to the list released by the sport’s world governing body, the 24 teams will be based in hotels and university accommodation – around the capital.
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All teams have opted to stay in the tiny Gulf state for the tournament, which begins on November 18.
The Socceroos are based at the Aspire Academy, a facility that has six outdoor and one indoor full-size football pitches, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, an indoor athletics track, an outdoor gym and a table tennis area among many others.
The rooms at the venue, according to FIFA, have 128 double bedrooms and four suites.
While the Aussies’ dugouts aren’t as luxurious as some of the other contenders, it’s worth noting that they were one of the last teams to qualify for the World Cup, meaning accommodation options were limited.
Champion France is based in Al Mesela, which boasts a “private palace setting” near Doha.
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Villas cost more than $2,500 a night — not including champagne.
Germany is located in Zulal, overlooking the Gulf, which bills itself as the largest health resort in the Middle East. The resort’s royal suite, owned by Qatar’s ruling family, costs more than $10,000 a night.
Manuel Neuer and his friends travel 100 kilometers (62 miles) to the capital from Doha.
The resort supports “traditional Arabic and Islamic medicine” and does not have a strict alcohol policy.
Zulal general manager Daniel Vastolo said many of his groups visited the resort because it allowed them to be “in a bubble” away from the crowds of Doha.
He added that since there is only one entrance, the security will be easy.
“There won’t be fans coming here asking the guests or the team for pictures and photos. So I think they can be really isolated here.
But at the same time, if they have a day looking for distractions, they can drive to Doha.
Fans also have easy access to the nearby Al Shamal Stadium, Germany’s training ground set on a fortress.
On the opposite coast, Belgium chose the Hilton Salwa with its own beach, private water theme park, slides and cliff jumping, villas costing up to $7,000 a night.
It is a weekend destination for wealthy families in the Gulf state with one of the world’s highest per capita incomes.
England are staying at the Souq Al Wakra hotel, with officials planning to close off a nearby section of the public beach to Harry Kane and the rest of the team.
Like most of Qatar, there is no alcohol, but the hotel facilities are being upgraded to bring more gym equipment and video games and other entertainment to guests.
A number of the teams will be housed in hotels “within a 10km (six mile) radius of each other, further ensuring that the exciting atmosphere of the event is captured in and around Doha,” FIFA said.
Brazil chose the Westin Downtown near Main Street, while the United States stayed at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski on Pearl.
Lionel Messi’s Argentina and former champions Spain have opted for “luxury” accommodation where they can travel to their training ground at Qatar University.
More than one million fans are expected to visit Qatar for the tournament, which ends on December 18.
Some will stay in $2,000-a-night hotels, but many are expected to stay in cheap mobile cabins and desert camps.
Where the whole team will stay for the World Cup in Qatar
Qatar: Al Aziziah Boutique Hotel
Ecuador: Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha
Senegal: Duhail Handball Sports Hall
Netherlands: St. Regis Doha
England: Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar by Tivoli
Iran: Al Rayan Hotel Doha Curio Collection by Hilton
USA: Marsa Malaz Kempinski, Pearl – Doha
Wells: Delta Hotels City Center Doha
Argentina: Qatar University Hostel 1
Saudi Arabia: Sealine Beach, Murwab Resort
Mexico: Simaisma, Murwab Resort
Poland: Izdan Palace Hotel
France: Al Mesilla – A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha
Australia: New Asprin Academy Athletes Accommodation
Denmark: Retaj Salwa Resort and Spa
Tunisia: Wyndham Grand Doha West Bay Beach
Spain: Qatar University Hostel 2
Costa Rica: dusitD2 Salwa Doha
Germany: Zulal Wellness Resort
Japan: Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
Belgium: Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas
Canada: Century Premier Hotel Lusail
Morocco: Wyndham Doha West Bay
Croatia: Hilton Doha
Brazil: Westin Doha Hotel & Spa
Serbia: Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha
Switzerland: For Royal Meridien, Doha
Cameroon: Banyan Tree Doha La Sigale Mushairb
Portugal: Al Samaria Autograph Collection Hotel
Ghana: DoubleTree by Hilton Doha – Al Saad
Uruguay: Pullman Doha West Bay
South Korea: For Meridian City Center Doha