U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is currently holding a training camp with 26 players in Brazil for what he calls a "dry run" for this summer's World Cup. The players are training at Sao Paulo FC's Barra Funda complex, which will be the team's home base during the tournament, and to answer your first question: Yes, there are peacocks.
The USSF put together a video tour of the facilities, which 20 suites for players and coaches, as well as a dining room, conference rooms, medical center and a game room that includes an internet cafe, billiards and video games. Oh, and there are a few pitches, as well.
The complex is located in central Sao Paulo and according to SPFC's website, access is very limited, making it a "mythical" place for fans. Judging by the video above, the peacocks don't have much trouble getting in, though.
As lovely as the complex is, the World Cup draw made it terribly inconvenient for the U.S. Their three group-stage matches — located in the northern cities of Natal, Manaus and Recife — will require them to fly about 9,000 miles in total. Meanwhile Belgium, who will also be based near Sao Paulo, will only have to travel about 1,200 miles since their final group-stage match (against South Korea) will be conveniently located right in their base city. Lucky Belgians.
- Sports & Recreation
- Sao Paulo FC
- Jurgen Klinsmann