Socceroos to be isolated at World Cup
Socceroos coach Holger Osieck has revealed plans to keep his charges as far away as possible from Brazil's many distractions at next year's World Cup.
He, along with Football Federation Australia (FFA) officials, will stay on in Brazil after Australia's clash with the Samba Boys on Saturday (Sunday AEST) to scout out a possible base camp for the showpiece next June.
While much will depend on the draw Australia are dealt on December 6, the Socceroos look set to base themselves in one of Brazil's coast cities, with picturesque location Vitoria understood to be the front-runner and already submitted to FIFA as Australia's top preference.
Osieck didn't reveal all the locations they'd be assessing but confirmed Vitoria was on the shortlist.
"After this game we will stay two more days and we will be on an inspection tour to look out at potential base camps," Osieck said.
"We have a list already set up and so we'll go there to have a look and find out which will be the most suitable location.
"They are more on the coastline. Vitoria is one of the options, yes."
Vitoria would be an appealing base for the Socceroos for a few reasons.
It is a small city with a population of just over 300,000 and is not hosting any of the 64 World Cup games, making it a quiet location away from the carnival atmosphere that is sure to overrun the major metropolises.
This would suit Osieck to a tee with the German mentor intent on isolating the team from what's set to be a month of non-stop partying in one of the world's most vibrant counties.
"I don't like big cities when it comes to a major tournament because we need to keep focused and don't want too many distractions," he said.
"It's a very lively country and full of distractions and I must make sure that we keep our focus and that we are a bit isolated from the major traffic.
"I have a very clear idea of where we want to go and what we want to do."
Vitoria also has a stable climate with average highs of 28 degrees in June and is a short 45-minute plane ride north of Rio.
With cheap accommodation, it would also be ideal for Australian fans.
However, should Australia draw more than one game in the south of Brazil then the FFA may have to revise their options with Rio or Sao Paulo more suitable.
Either way Osieck is set on somewhere near the coast where the team can train in more moderate temperatures.
The base will also house the players' families, various VIPs, sponsors, and all the support staff.
The 23-man squad is likely to be accompanied by an entourage of 22 including medical and coaching staff, media and administration staff and a cook.
Osieck has also said the team will travel to Brazil weeks ahead of their first match with fans able to give them a send off with a game to be played on home soil before they depart.
"I think we should go a bit earlier to Brazil - not one week before. That would be not enough," he said.
"The long trip and the time it has taken to adapt has been quite significant.
"We are going to have a farewell game in Australia so the entire squad will be assembled there and travel together."