The World Cup is fast approaching – and those who will bask in the winter sun in Qatar will never have had it so good with luxurious base camps ready for the showpiece. To ensure that teams can unwind away from the field and the demands of tournament life, Qatar has gone above and beyond. From exclusive theme parks to secluded beaches, Qatar has lavished money on opulent settings. The Daily Star Sport is taking a look at some of the venues now that national teams have announced their locations for the festival of football later this year. England
The opulent Souq Al Wakra Hotel (tivolisouqalwakra/Instagram) is where England will stay.
From the Souq Al Wakra hotel, Gareth Southgate and company will begin their assault for a first World Cup victory in 56 years. A five-star beach resort without alcohol is located in the fishing community of Al Wakrah, 10 miles south of Doha. In between games, England’s stars will be able to unwind in the beach resort on Qatar’s south coast thanks to the bright weather. The families of the players will stay in neighboring accommodations that are separate from the hotel, while the Three Lions will practice at a location that is six minutes away. Do you believe football will return to England this winter? Belgium, please tell us in the comments section below.
The lodging in Belgium features a separate theme park.
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This appears to be the golden generation of Belgians’ final opportunity to fill the empty trophy cabinet in Brussels. And by staying at the Hilton Salwa, the Red Devils have perhaps the nicest accommodations to do so. The rooms at the opulent hotel cost approximately £6,000 per night, and the team will also have access to a 3.5 mile private beach, two practice fields, and a swimming pool of their own. The water park, which contains 56 rides and an underwater restaurant, appears to be the attraction’s biggest feature. Spain
Spain’s lodging will be on a university campus ( GETTY)
Spain, in contrast to England and Belgium, has chosen to take a more understated approach to their preparations in Qatar. The Spanish will also be headquartered on the campus of Qatar University, where they will have exclusive access to two floodlit fields, gyms, rest places, a jacuzzi, and conference rooms. There is also a Papa Johns if Luis Enrique turns his back for a long enough period of time. When Liverpool competed in the 2019 Club World Cup, they utilized the facilities. Germany
Germany will compete to win another World Cup against the serene setting of a spa.
Germany chose a World Cup location that emphasizes relaxing above player entertainment. Germany will stay at the alcohol-free health and wellbeing facility Zulal Wellness Resort for Hansi Flick’s first major tournament in charge of the consistently successful team. The 120 room, 28 hectare, five-star resort extends onto the Arabian Sea. The side that overlooks the sea, beach, and lagoons is dotted with rooms. France
For the competition, France will take over the magnificent Al Messila ( AFP via Getty Images)
The defending champions are looking to become the first back-to-back winners since Brazil in 1962, and only the third ever to complete such a feat. And the kings of the world will be living up to the moniker when they stay at the Al Messina – and its facade of an Arabian palace. France will take over the entire complex for the tournament – including its six restaurants, three swimming pools, and fitness centre. France will also have access to the 13,000-seater Jassim-bin-Hamad stadium. Argentina
It could be Lionel Messi’s final chance to win the World Cup ( Getty Images)
Spain won’t be the only side based at Qatar University, and Argentina will also start their preparations at the campus. Fortunately, while the two sides can meet in the semi-finals, they won’t at the University with Argentina also being given exclusive use of a number of pitch and recovery areas. Then again, they could bump into each other in the lines at Papa Johns or Starbucks. According to the media in Argentina, the Argentine FA are set to ‘invest a significant sum of money to refurbish the facilities and give it an Argentine touch’. Brazil
Brazil are staying in the heart of Doha ( REUTERS)
To finish off, the winningest team in the history of the World Cup, Brazil are gunning for a record sixth triumph. Twenty years after they last conquered the world, Brazil has posted themselves in the centre of all the action at The Westin Doha. The average journey to a World Cup stadium from The Westin Doha is just 17 minutes. There are still four restaurants, three swimming pools, a fitness centre and a spa, as well as an ‘urban oasis’ blurb. READ NEXT: England fans face Qatar World Cup ban if they use £16k black market tickets Gareth Southgate could axe England stars over Covid jab as unvaxxed players will miss Iran tie Iran captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh ‘dreamed’ of leading nation against England at World Cup