Coach Fabio Capello has stressed the need for a “quiet place – away from the hustle and bustle of city life. I think we took a very good position given the schedule of our games. It’s the perfect option for us.” The Russians will venture into Itu for their training sessions, however, which will be held at the city-owned Estádio Dr Novelli Júnior.

Russia’s first match is against South Kores in Cuiaba, some 875 miles away and a flight time of one hour 25 minutes.

They then travel to Porto Alegre to take on Algeria. A distance of 555 miles and a flight time of just 45 minutes. They end the group with a match in Sao paulo against Belgium, a distance of 642 miles and a flight of just over an hour.