Inside Argentina’s World Cup camp


La Selección on the plane to Brazil on Monday

Argentina will open the doors to the public for their training session today in Belo Horizonte as thousands of people snapped up the tickets that were available yesterday. Lionel Messi has spoken about how “strong and united” the group are and yesterday it was released which players are sharing rooms and also just how much stuff La Selección took with them to Brazil (Note – there is a lot of mate and dulce de leche)

The rooms in the camp in Belo Horizonte see Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero together and strangely Fernando Gago, the only player in the party to have his own room.

Room 6: Marcos Rojo and Jose Basanta
Room 7: Agustin Orion and Enzo Pérez
Room 8: Rodrigo Palacio and Augusto Fernández
Room 9: Gonzalo Higuaín and Ezequiel Garay
Room 10: Lucas Biglia and Ricardo Álvarez
Room 11: Sergio Romero and Mariano Andújar
Room 12: Hugo Campagnaro  and Federico Fernández
Room 16: Javier Mascherano and Pablo Zabaleta
Room 18: Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero
Room 19: Angel Di María and Ezequiel Lavezzi
Room 20: Fernando Gago
Room 77: Maxi Rodríguez and Martin Demichelis

Taken with the squad to Brazil were 158 bags and 60 chests with a total weight of 8000Kg.

This included 100Kg of yerba, 30 kilo pots of dulce de leche, 600 tea bags and 400 bags of mate cocido.

In addition to 700 shirts, 500 pairs of shorts, 4 pairs of boots for each player, 70 balls, 200 tracksuits, and assorted other training stuff.

And for a spot of entertainment, there were 30 books and 30 DVDs.

Fascinating stuff. Think we just need the tournament to get underway now.

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