Fixed on the draw, Didier Deschamps was able to fly away from Qatar knowing also where his troops were going to stay during the World Cup. This Friday, at the end of the afternoon, Noël Le Graët, the president of the French Football Federation, gave his agreement for the hotel Al-Messila Luxury Collection Resort & Spa. It is one of the two places that the tricolor delegation visited the day after its arrival in Doha.
“The base camp is signedconfirmed Le Graët. IIt corresponded to what Didier Deschamps and the staff wanted. We are alone in it. It is a hotel that is not too big and comfortable, like all the hotels here. There is greenery and the training stadium is five minutes away. It has the modernity of L1 clubs. And we are thirty minutes from the tournament stadiums. » This site was tied up with the Al-Samriya Autograph Collection hotel, located further from the Qatari capital and which is not yet fully completed.
It was Italy’s #1 option
It is therefore the choice “1 bis” which was preferred, because this luxuriant place was in fact the n°1 option of Italy, eliminated in the semi-finals of the play-offs. The Blues have therefore jumped into the cozy nest of the unfortunate European champions. The 132-room place is set in a sprawling 13,000 square meter garden, with several swimming pools. The Blues will be six kilometers from the center of Doha. According to the FIFA package, this hotel is twinned with the grounds of the Jassim-bin-Hamad stadium.
“This base camp corresponds to what we wantedrejoices Didier Deschamps. Both through the infrastructure, the high quality training ground and the quality of our residence. We made sure to find something that suited us. It is not always obvious. There are specificities that are different from that of the last World Cup in Russia. I’m very happy that we took this base camp. » The Blues should invest the Al-Messila Luxury hotel from November 17, five days before their entry into the competition.