Ronaldo's bodyguards, flat screen TVs and fresh bananas every day – World Cup requests revealed
Preparations for the World Cup will soon come to fruition and each country has made their own special requests.
Managers and players are plotting their World Cup adventures - some of which will be short-lived, others ending in ultimate glory.
For administrators it is also a busy time to ensure players well are looked after and content during their time in Brazil.
Brazilian tabloid 'Lance' has published what they are claiming to be a list of requirements and demands issued by several countries due to compete at the showpiece. They have reportedly sent these requests to the various hotels at which they are staying.
Here is a selection of some of those requests.
Algeria: A copy of the Qur’an will need to be placed in the rooms of all players and officials so they can observe daily prayer.
Chile: Chile have requested that new beds and flat-screen TVs be purchased and installed in the players’ rooms.
Ecuador: A bowl of fresh Ecuadorian bananas in every room daily and a traditional Ecuadorian barbecue to welcome players and technical staff upon their arrival on June 9th.
Colombia: Approximately 15 players from the Sao Paulo youth team (Colombia are training at the club’s HQ) to come along and assist with training sessions and join in when necessary.
France: Kosher meat must be available at meal times to cater for Muslim players. All soap in the showers must be gel or liquid as players are not used to using blocks of soap.
Japan: An individual jacuzzi suite in each players’ room.
Switzerland: High-speed internet and Swiss-only television channels in all rooms for players, officials and members of the technical committee. Swiss press have also asked for a small studio set to be rigged up on the neighbouring beach for use as a backdrop for exclusive interviews with players after training.
Portugal: As well as consoles, Portugal have also asked that clearance is granted for a six-man security guard team, four of whom will be specifically charged with looking after Cristiano Ronaldo.
Costa Rica: Requested the construction of a large games and relaxation suite for their players, complete with sofas, televisions and games consoles.