The Argentine National Team delegation, led by AFA president Claudio Tapia, and coach Lionel Scaloni (along with part of his coaching staff) is still in Qatar to advance World Cup accommodation details. And in the final hours they found out they were finally going to share the chosen bunker with another power: Spain.
Yes, the group directed by Luis Enrique will also remain at the University of Qatar, the venue chosen by the albiceleste cast. Does it mean inconvenience? No, the venue is large and has four different modules, so there is plenty of space for both campuses. And even the possibility of also living relatives of the players is being examined.
To his knowledge Clarion, Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, will occupy the sector originally intended for male athletes and students, while the Spaniards are in the area where women are commonly found. The Egyptian team reserved that sector but its removal from Senegal’s hands in the March playoffs caused the Iberians to take advantage of the vacancy.
Part of the Argentine National Team delegation that visited the facilities of the University of Qatar.
Due to the size of the University (approximately 25,500 square meters), each delegation will have its own space and will not cross paths with another at any time. Spain is part of Group E along with Germany, Japan and the winner in the Repechage between New Zealand and Costa Rica. And Argentina is in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. They can only meet in a potential semifinal.
Traveling with Scaloni were his assistants Walter Samuel and Roberto Fabián Ayala and physical trainer Luis Martín, as well as the press officer, Nicolás Novello, and administrative staff, props and cooks. Over the weekend, the blue and white advance guard is at the complex to tour it in full and request the corresponding spare parts for greater convenience.
The albiceleste delegation from Doha to the Ezeiza venue brought the list of arrangements and orders which included, as usual, barbecue grills, a games room so that soccer players could spend their free time as well as all the visual plots needed to “Argentinize” the Qatar University.
Luis Enrique is the Dt of Spain, who will remain in the same spot as Argentina in Qatar. Photo: EFE
Scaloni aims for his stay in the Middle East to be as similar as possible to the Ezeiza venue, where players can stay as long as they want in training camps, without the need for delays or transfers. buses.
The sports side is less troubling: FIFA has already confirmed that each of the 32 classified teams will have a training field with the same grass located in the eight stadiums where matches are distributed in the 2022 World Cup.