Only the Germans have to be on the bus longer than the Red Devils during the World Cup

After tonight’s exhibition game against Egypt, the Red Devils will immediately fly on to Qatar, where they will take up residence at the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort – their base during the World Cup. A luxury resort with many advantages, but also one serious disadvantage.

Yanko Beeckman in Kuwait

The Hilton Salwa Beach Resort is located in Abu Samra, about 109 kilometers – about an hour and a half drive – from Doha, the Qatari capital around which the eight stadiums are located. Only Germany is further away from the World Cup epicenter. The Mannschaft is staying at the Zulal Wellness Resort, 113 kilometers from Doha.

For the Red Devils, their stay at the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort not only means that they have to make a solid trip on match days, but Roberto Martinez and one player will also have to travel to the International Broadcast Center in Doha on the day before the match for the pre-match press conference. Initially, the Belgians seemed to opt for hotel Banyan Tree on the outskirts of Doha. A hotel that had an advantage in terms of travel, but there was fear for the hustle and bustle of the capital.

The Hilton Salwa Beach Resort, on the other hand, is located in an oasis of tranquility, on the shores of the Persian Gulf and not far from the border with Saudi Arabia. The Devils will have their own wing, in which each player will have a very spacious and comfortable room with a view of the Persian Gulf. There are also two training fields within the resort. “We are very happy that we managed to find a base camp where we can train without having to move every day,” said Roberto Martinez a few months ago.

golf simulator

The hotel also has several fitness rooms, an indoor swimming pool for recuperation, several relaxation and meeting rooms and a private outdoor swimming pool and beach. Nice extra: Thursday a German company came to install a golf simulator in the hotel of the Devils. A day earlier, the same company also installed such an installation in the hotel in Wales, no doubt to the great satisfaction of Gareth Bale – an avid golfer.

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