Inside the 2018 World Cup Teams' Hotels and Training Camps in Russia

Even the sting of an early elimination could be soothed by a stay in these palatial getaways.Getty Images/Reuters
Brazil—A general view of the at Swissotel Resort Sochi Kamelia, the hotel where the Brazil football team will stay during the World Cup in Sochi, Russia. Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Amid mounting excitment, soccer teams from around the globe have arrived in Russia ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

Shortly after the squads touched down, they were whisked to their plush team bases, which include a training area as well as a hotel fit for world-class athletes.

Soccer is big money—the French team alone is worth $1.27 billion on the market, according to Statista. Players are used to a luxury lifestyle, and this is reflected in their World Cup digs. There’ll be no two-star motels here, although some team bases certainly look better than others.

Photos from inside these soccer star hideouts show all the luxury trappings you might expect. There are gold-plated elevators, huge swimming pools, spas with glistening tiles and even a foosball set, if players can’t get enough of the beautiful game.

Locations are important too. Many teams are staying within distance of the site of an upcoming match. The teams will get a taste of Russia’s spectacular nature: the Uruguayan and Tunisian footballers are surrounded by pine forests, while the Swedes will soak up the sun in their southern resort on the Black Sea waterfront.

While the Saudi Arabian team aren’t likely to stand out on the pitch, it seems they will at least be able to score some culture points. They’ll be staying in an Art Nouveau hotel in St Petersburg, near the Winter Palace and the Arts Square.

We’ve collected some of the best images of team bases to make you even more envious of the world-class players and their luxury lifestyles. Even the sting of an early elimination from the tournament could be soothed by a stay in these palatial getaways—come in and take a look around.

Brazil—The Swissotel Resort Sochi Kamelia in Sochi, Russia. The resort covers seven hectares of land in a natural biosphere sanctuary.Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Brazil—Yug Sport Stadium, the training site for the Brazil football team in Sochi, Russia. The arena seats 10,000 people. Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Brazil—The medical department and physiotherapy space at Swissotel Resort Sochi Kamelia, in Sochi, Russia. Facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool, a gym, six rooms for cosmetic procedures and a sauna. Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Brazil—A physiotherapy space at Swissotel Resort Sochi Kamelia, in Sochi, Russia. The hotel also faces a beach.Buda Mendes/Getty Images
Belgium—A cottage on the grounds of the Moscow Country Club hotel and golf resort which was chosen to be the base for the Belgian national soccer team in the village of Nakhabino, outside Moscow, Russia.Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva
Belgium—The indoor swimming pool at the Moscow Country Club hotel and golf resort in the village of Nakhabino, outside Moscow. Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva
Belgium—A room at the Moscow Country Club hotel and golf resort in the village of Nakhabino, outside Moscow, Russia. The country club occupies 120 hectares, covered with birch and conifer forest. Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva
Belgium—A lift lobby at the Moscow Country Club hotel and golf resort in the village of Nakhabino, outside Moscow, Russia.Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva
Belgium—A beauty salon at the Moscow Country Club hotel and golf resort in the village of Nakhabino, outside Moscow, Russia.Reuters/Tatyana Makeyeva
Mexico—A view of a swimming pool at Novogorsk-Dynamo training base which was chosen to be Mexico's national football team's base camp, in Novogorsk. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images
Mexico—A view of a room at Novogorsk-Dynamo training base in Novogorsk. The hotel has two restaurants, a rehabilitation center, two saunas, a Turkish hammam and two swimming pools.Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images
Mexico—A view of a gym at Novogorsk-Dynamo training base in Novogorsk. The team will train on three football pitches, two with natural grass. Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images

Amid mounting excitment, soccer teams from around the globe have arrived in Russia ahead of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

Shortly after the squads touched down, they were whisked to their plush team bases, which include a training area as well as a hotel fit for world-class athletes.

Soccer is big money—the French team alone is worth $1.27 billion on the market, according to Statista. Players are used to a luxury lifestyle, and this is reflected in their World Cup digs. There’ll be no two-star motels here, although some team bases certainly look better than others.

Photos from inside these soccer star hideouts show all the luxury trappings you might expect. There are gold-plated elevators, huge swimming pools, spas with glistening tiles and even a foosball set, if players can’t get enough of the beautiful game.

Locations are important too. Many teams are staying within distance of the site of an upcoming match. The teams will get a taste of Russia’s spectacular nature: the Uruguayan and Tunisian footballers are surrounded by pine forests, while the Swedes will soak up the sun in their southern resort on the Black Sea waterfront.

While the Saudi Arabian team aren’t likely to stand out on the pitch, it seems they will at least be able to score some culture points. They’ll be staying in an Art Nouveau hotel in St Petersburg, near the Winter Palace and the Arts Square.

We’ve collected some of the best images of team bases to make you even more envious of the world-class players and their luxury lifestyles. Even the sting of an early elimination from the tournament could be soothed by a stay in these palatial getaways—come in and take a look around.