The World Cup is less than a year away folks, which is pretty exciting.
And while we still don’t know who’ll be competing in Russia next year, many leading nations have begun to have a look around the gaff to bags themselves the best training base.
But a number of nations heading to next summer’s World Cup are reportedly desperate to avoid the capital Moscow as their base – due to the dreadful traffic problems that plague the city.
According to ESPN FC, FIFA have presented national team managers with 65 potential bases and hotels for the 32 competing teams next summer, with homely sounding destinations such as Kaliningrad and Ekaterinburg in the west and east, along with St Petersburg and Sochi in the north and south.
Despite Moscow being home to a number of Russia’s best known teams, including Spartak, Dynamo and Lokomitiv, most teams would rather avoid it.
According to sources, the likes of England and Germany were reportedly “alarmed” by the amount of congestion on the city’s roads which often leads to gridlock for long periods of the day.
Three Lions manager manager Gareth Southgate and assistant Steve Holland have visited Russia during the Confederations Cup to assess the logistics in each of the four major cities (Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi) that are being used as venues for the competition.
But it appears the Football Association have drawn a large red cross over Moscow, to avoid repeating the problems suffered during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Three years ago, Roy Hodgson’s squad used pitched up in Urca, overlooked by the majestic Sugarloaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.
But as nice as that sounds, constant heavy traffic in the area resulted in long periods when the players were sat on the coach on their way to and from training.
Determinded to one-up Hodgson in any way possible, Southgate is keen to avoid a repeat of that situation in Russia.
So it looks like England could end up in Sochi or Volgograd, along with the more central Nizhny-Novgorod.