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SBD Global/December 16, 2013/Facilities

German Football Federation Builds Own Headquarters For World Cup In Brazil

The German national football team "wants to build its own headquarters for next year's World Cup in Brazil," according to the DPA. The German Football Federation (DFB) "wants to build a housing complex including 13 houses for national team players and supporting staff in Santo André in the Brazilian state of Bahia." The camp's official name will be "Camp Bahia." The million-euro project "will be carried out by a Munich-based company and reportedly receive financial support." A local hotel manager of German descent, Siegfried Michler, said, "DFB sponsors are helping with the construction. I know it is Mercedes." Less than one kilometer from the complex, the DFB "will build football fields, a media center and additional facilities." Michler: "I'm 100% certain, it's going to work." In order "to make travel as convenient as possible during the tournament, there is a local airport just 15km from the complex" (DPA, 12/13). FOCUS ONLINE reported German national team Manager Oliver Bierhoff said that the complex "is not only constructed for the DFB and its wishes." Construction of the complex "is expected to be completed in March." Bierhoff: "I'm sure that we will be very comfortable there. The facility offers every opportunity that we are wishing for during the hopefully long stay at the World Cup." Bierhoff made clear that the complex "is not purely being built for the DFB players and also not based on our wishes" (FOCUS ONLINE, 12/13).
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