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Football: The ideal getaway

Top-flight football teams from Europe and beyond choose to train in Cyprus every year with the likes Moscow clubs Lokomotiv, Dinamo and CSKA as well as Sweden’s AIK, Dutch sides Vitesse and Ajax, Italy’s Udinese and Austria’s Rapid Vienna all flying out to the island for mid-season training. And it’s not only about the clubs – the national women’s sides of England, France, Russia, Scotland, Canada, the Netherlands and many more also head out to Cyprus’ milder climate.
Cyprus boasts many national stadiums (all located within a relatively short distance of each other), grass football fields, athletics facilities, and training resources of the highest standard. Facilities incorporated within include first-aid and physiotherapy rooms, anti-doping control facilities, changing rooms, restrooms, showers, canteens, VIP rooms, conference spaces, telecommunications services, media rooms and more.
The infrastructure in place can easily meet the demands of the most rigorous professional training programme… and with so many football teams training here regularly, it’s never a problem to organise a friendly match.
“Our stay here in Cyprus was perfect,” commented Vitesse performance manager Mirjam Clifford during his side’s recent stay on the island. “The Vitesse training camp was a huge success and was enjoyed by all who participated. All in all, our expectations for the training and overall camp experience were exceeded.’’
Cyprus is particularly well suited to pre-season training from November through April, a period offering plenty of sunshine, minimal rain, and temperatures ranging from 10 to 25°C
Other leading football teams who have trained in Cyprus include household names such as Sparta Prague, Steaua Bucharest, Malmo as well as English clubs Ipswich Town and Crystal Palace.
“We believe Cyprus offers excellent training facilities and a comfortable environment for British clubs”, added Gary Hooper – a former Luton Town defender. “The advantage in Cyprus for clubs is they have the quality of competitive opposition which you do not necessarily get elsewhere in Europe.”

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