Superstitions are one thing; ridiculous demands are another.
Brazilian tabloid Lance have obtained an apparent—and very strange—list of requests made by Brazil-bound countries for the World Cup.
Chile: Have requested the purchase of new beds and flat screen TVs for every room.
Ecuador: Every room should contain a basket of bananas that are sourced from Ecuador.
Colombia: Have asked Sao Paulo for 15 youth players to take part in their training sessions.
Uruguay: South Americans have demanded silent air conditioning in all rooms.
France: Les Bleus have requested Kosher meat as many of their players are Muslim and will only eat animals that have not suffered during their slaughtering. France also asked for liquid soap in all bathrooms, as the players are not used to blocks of soap.
Honduras: Have asked for six Spanish TV stations to be added to their TV guides, including two Honduras channels.
Japan: The Blue Samurai have asked for a jacuzzi in every room!
Australia: Want a selection of newspapers from around the world to be available on a daily basis.
Switzerland: Two main requirements—high-speed internet and Swiss TV channels in every room.
Portugal: Will have six security staff. Four of whom will be looking after Cristiano Ronaldo.