10 things to know about Nigeria's Team Base Camp for Russia 2018 World Cup

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Information about where the Super Eagles will stay and train in Russia, and how their movement to match venues have been planned

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    #10 Russia 2018 World Cup’s Team Base Camps

    To ensure a well-organised World Cup event in Russia, the list of Team Base Camps [TBC] was released by FIFA last week and Nigeria will stay in Essentuki.

  2. #9 What is TBC?

    The Team Base Camps are teams’ headquarters during the showpiece and all of them will include a hotel and training site located a short distance from each other which according to Fifa, will also be approximately an hour's drive from an airport capable of landing medium-sized aircraft.

  3. #8 Where is Essentuki?

    Essentuki is a city in Southern Russia. It is located at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. And for the group stage matches against Croatia, Iceland and Argentina, the Super Eagles will travel to Kaliningrad, Volgograd and Saint Petersburg respectively from Essentuiki

  4. #7 Where will Nigeria lodge?

    Nigeria’s TBC hotel is the Sanatorium Istochnik. The four-star hotel has facilities such as a spa center, gym facility, hot tub among others.

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    #6 Where will the Super Eagles train?

    Gernot Rohr’s side will prepare for their matches at the Essentuki arena - their TBC training camp.
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    #5 How will they cope with far distance to match venues?

    Because of the distance to match venues, all teams will stay and train between matches in their TBC and travel from there to the Host City of their respective match, where they will spend the night at a Venue Specific Team Hotel (VSTH) and have the opportunity to train in a Venue-Specific Training Site [VSTS].

  7. #4 Nigeria’s VSTH?

    For the opening game against Croatia which takes place in Kaliningrad [2,826 kms from TBC], Nigeria will either lodge [VSTH] at the Radisson Blu Kaliningrad or Mecure Kaliningrad.

  8. #3 Nigeria’s VSTS?

    Lodging at Radisson Blu Kaliningrad will see them train [VSTS] in either of Mirniy Stadium or Selma Stadium while a stay at Mecure Kaliningrad leaves them with either of Lokomotiv Stadium or Selma Stadium. Same templates applies to their last two group games against Iceland and Argentina in Volgograd and Saint Petersburg.

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    #2 If Nigeria qualifies from the group stage?

    Following the group stage, if Nigeria advances to the next round[s] they will have the option to remain using their TBC or move from Host City to Host City depending on where their match[es] take place.

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    #1 Team arrival for World Cup?

    All teams are expected to arrive in the host country at least five days before their first match.