Ecuador’s gone bananas with its World Cup requests. So have some other teams.


Portugal is asking for four personal bodyguards to protect Cristiano Ronaldo during the World Cup in Rio. (Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s not enough to just provide unlimited amounts of Gatorade anymore. At least not at the World Cup, which is set to kick off in less than 50 days. Brazil’s Lancenet.com published a list of team riders, outlining all the specialized items each participating country is requiring. While some teams kept it simple, other got a little more, well, weird with it, including Ecuador, which is requiring a daily fresh basket of bananas for each room, and France, which is demanding all bar soap be banished from its hotel. Let’s take a look at what other items and services each team wants:

Chile

  • New beds for players in hotel rooms
  • Flat-screen TVs in players’ rooms
  • The construction of two office rooms to be used even after the World Cup is over

Iran

  • Support from Joaquim Grava and Edu Gaspar, the owner and manager of the Corinthians. Gaspar and Iran’s coach Carlos Queiroz previously worked together in Europe.
  • Also, free dry-cleaning.

Ecuador

  • A video game room
  • A daily basket full of bananas for each room
  • A welcome barbecue

Colombia

  • 15 youths from Sao Paulo FC to practice against

Uruguay

  • Silent air-conditioners in players’ rooms
  • The construction of large wall around the Arena do Jacare

France

  • No bar soap, only liquid
  • A Halal menu option
  • A video game room

Honduras

  • A room with a TV that has at least six Spanish-language channels, including two from Honduras
  • Faster Wi-Fi
  • Beds removed from certain rooms to create offices

Japan

  • Individual spa rooms, each with a jacuzzi

Australia

  • Two large coffee stations
  • Daily world newspapers around large coffee stations

Algeria

  • Korans in each hotel room

Switzerland

  • High-speed Internet
  • Swiss television channels in each room
  • A small studio on the beach to film interviews

Portugal

  • Video games in each room.
  • Four bodyguards just for Ronaldo. Two more for the rest of the team.

Costa Rica

  • A large rec room stocked with sofas, televisions and video games.

No word, though, on whether any of the video game requests require a soccer-playing avatar of Gary Busey or not.

(H/t: SBnation)

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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