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Ireland poised to set up camp in Versailles

John Fallon

Published 14/12/2015 | 02:30

Martin O'Neill has been exploring training camp options for the Ireland team
Martin O'Neill has been exploring training camp options for the Ireland team

The FAI have placed the historic city of Versailles at the top of their wish-list of Euro 2016 bases.

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane spent yesterday inspecting training-base options near Paris, with the FAI set to make their choice within the next 48 hours.

With its close proximity to the venue of their first game in Paris against Sweden on June 13, Versailles holds a distinct advantage.

Should that be the venue, the Irish delegation will stay at the luxurious Trianon Palace and use the nearby Montbauron stadium for training.

Commute

The second location in the running is nearby Croissy-sur-Seine, which group opponents Italy last week passed over in favour of Montpellier.

Both options are a mere 30-minute commute from Paris, ensuring the Irish squad won't have to switch hotels on the eve of their opener against the Swedes at the Stade de France.

FAI operations staff inspected 18 facilities before recently whittling down the selection to a shortlist of three.

Meanwhile, FAI officials will meet today to discuss ticketing arrangements for the group phase.

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