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By ESPN Staff
Jan 20, 2006

Australia name training base

MELBOURNE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Australia will base themselves in the southern German town of Ohringen for this year's World Cup, Football Federation Australia (FFA) announced on Friday.

The Socceroos will train at the Otto-Meister Stadium.

'The hotel and area was selected because it provides the team will the best possible location and facilities to prepare for the World Cup matches,' FFA chief executive John O'Neill said in a statement.

'We have an ideal training facility which will provide the team with the opportunity to focus on achieving the best results possible.'

The hotel is about 75 kilometres from Stuttgart and will allow the Socceroos to drive to their pool matches; against Japan (Kaiserslautern), Brazil (Munich) and Croatia (Stuttgart).

'The location allows the team to conveniently travel to all of our first round match venues by coach meaning the team will not be inconvenienced by flights during the first round of the competition,' O'Neill said.

'It's a very private area and we have had some excellent feedback from the town who are looking forwarding to welcoming the team.'