THE Spanish national team have chosen Krasnodar, near the Black Sea as their base for the World Cup which starts on June 14th. 

“The national team has decided on the south of Russia and more precisely Krasnodar for their headquarters from which they will travel to the main cities where the World Cup matches will take place,” said a statement from the Spanish football federation.

The players will use the training facilities of Krasnodar Academy, the local Russian Premier League club, which have both grass and artificial surfaces.

Spain will kick off in Group B against Portugal on June 15th in Sochi, 270 kilometres south of Krasnodar.