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France arrive in Brazil ahead of World Cup

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France arrive in Brazil ahead of World Cup
Les Bleus arrive at their base in Brazil ahead of the World Cup. Photo: Franck Fife/AFP
11:45 CEST+02:00
Les Bleus have landed in Brazil ahead of their opening World Cup match against Honduras this coming Sunday. The team will be based in a luxury five star hotel on the outskirts of Sao Paulo and as already reported will not be subject to a ban on sex.

The French national team were given a warm welcome when they arrived in Brazil late on Monday night.

The team flew to Sao Paulo from France before they caught another flight to the town of Ribeirao Preto, around 320 km away.

While Le Parisien newspaper reported that there was no welcome committee for the French team at the airport, the players were greeted by around 100 curious locals and a band of French fans and the usual scrum of journalists.

The moment the team arrived safely was captured on camera by French defender Mamadou Sakho.

Once they had gathered their bags together the French team were whisked off to their luxury hotel, where they will occupy 60 rooms in total.

When the team arrived locals had organised a welcome party, as seen in the video below from Le Parisien.


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The players should be able to escape the boredom that often sets in during long international tournaments with three swimming pools, a tennis court, a spa and a beach volley ball area on site.

The team will also host their partners and families at various times with coach Didier Deschamps confirming last month that he will not impose a sex ban on players in order to preserve their energy for the matches.

Les Bleus' first training session on a revamped complex nearby is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, and will be watched by up to 5,000 locals.

France's first game will be against Honduras on Sunday evening in Porto Alegre.

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