Brazil could close its training sessions

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Brazil may keep the public from attending its training sessions if the hysteria around the national team interferes with World Cup preps, said the coach.

Brazil could close its training sessions

Weggis:

Brazil may keep the public from attending its training sessions if the hysteria around the national team interferes with World Cup preps, said coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. The announcement came on Tuesday even though some 45,000 tickets have already been sold for the training sessions in the lakeside resort town of Weggis. "We want tranquillity. If anything gets in our way, we will consider making some changes," Parreira told a news conference. Secret practice venue The team has even chosen a secret training venue in case it needs to move away from the festivities that have taken over the usually serene setting of Weggis. "If necessary, we have the option of practicing secretly, without anybody watching us," said Americo Faria, supervisor of Brazil's World Cup delegation. Parreira said he might interrupt training at anytime if the public jeopardise his work. "Our main responsibility is with the Brazilian national team. We can't have our players being distracted," he said. Tickets sold Tickets for the training sessions, scheduled to begin from Wednesday afternoon, were sold for about $18 each. The 5,000-seat arena and several other facilities were built exclusively to accommodate the national team for its two-week training in Weggis. The site has become a tourist attraction for the fans who are in town to see the national team. The hotel where Brazil team is staying has been constantly visited by fans, even though local police fenced off the location and restricted access on nearby streets. The hotel is being used exclusively by the Brazilian delegation. Weggis, located by Lake Lucerne and the Swiss Alps, has been taken over by Brazilian fans and some 700 members of the media in recent days. The location was chosen after some 40 offers from around the world, including from locations in France and the United Arab Emirates. Brazil will play two friendlies in Switzerland before leaving for Germany to defend its world title against FC Lucerne on May 30 in Basel and against New Zealand in Geneva on June 4. (AP)

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