When the England World Cup squad flew out to Germany a week ago, the players were told to pack just their passports.
Everything else was taken care of - working gear, leisure wear, official outfits, toiletries, the lot.
They are based in a sumptuous hotel in the Black Forest, patronised in the past by Adolf Hitler, Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela. Every whim is indulged, even down to their own chef, Roger Narbett of this parish.
Their wives and partners are based nearby, clocking the designer labels in Baden-Baden, fending off the paparazzi with varying degrees of commitment.
Nothing has been left to chance - except the preparation of the players and selection of the squad. Which is rather more important than each player getting to stay in a massive suite with breathtaking views.
Watching England's laboured victory against the might of Paraguay reminded me again of how often Sven-Goran Eriksson wings it. He'll hide behind the usual bluff about playing badly yet still winning, that every side that wins the World Cup starts poorly then peaks at the right time. But he must know in his heart that some of his key players are just not fit enough.
Only 24 hours earlier, he was earnestly assuring us that this was the fittest squad to arrive at a World Cup, only to see them stagger over the line against Paraguay, mustering one decent move in the second half.
Eriksson and his players readily grasped the excuse of the heat and the 3pm start to justify their lethargic performance. Yet they would have known the kick-off times months ago and were aware of the weather forecast.
Eriksson had got what he wanted from the Football Association in winning a whole month of rest, relaxation and training for his precious players by having the domestic season compressed.
He's had time enough to work on the players' physical conditioning, preparing them for the heat. It appears that more planning went into David Beckham's bling-bling party before the players left these shores.
We have been here before. Eriksson maintained that David Beckham was fully fit from his metatarsal injury at the start of the 2002 World Cup. He wasn't. Only now does Eriksson admit that the squad's fitness wasn't at its best four years ago, leading to an abject capitulation to the ten men of Brazil.
No doubt the truth about the 2006 squad will leak out once the tournament is over. Just a fortnight after the head coach assured us that Michael Owen's condition was 'physically fantastic' the striker continues to look off the pace. As you would if you'd been out of action for the previous four months.
Steven Gerrard has played more than 60 games for Liverpool since last July and his back is liable to go at any time. Ashley Cole also doesn't look sharp after his long lay-off.
Then there's Wayne Rooney. Even if he does make the team in the later stages of the tournament, unscrupulous defenders will be taking turns to stand on his dodgy right foot.
Sir Alex Ferguson deserves every sympathy in railing against such a cavalier attitude to a precious player for Manchester United but Eriksson is in a skittish, demob-happy mood. How else to explain his amazing choice of Theo Walcott ahead of another experienced striker?
The importance of England's physical conditioning stems from the best way that the team should play. They aren't technically good enough to play the patient passing game. They give the ball away too often.
Their best chance is a pressing athletic style that can overwhelm opponents who are more skilful but, to flourish that way, you must be supremely fit.
Already, England are placing undue emphasis on their next two matches kicking off in the evening. But if they top their group - and they should - they are then inked in for more afternoon games.
The mind can play tricks in such situations. Already, I fear the spin doctors are at work on those in the squad who are chosen to talk to the media.
England hasn't scored a goal in the second half of a World Cup Finals match since 1998, against Argentina. The reasons are the players turning up tired from a long domestic season and the timidity of Eriksson's tactics. His experience of Italian football with Lazio has made him a slave to caution.
He seems to feel that one goal is enough so England defend deeper than is necessary, hanging on to slender leads, rather than go out and batter opponents.
This myth about the talent in the 2006 squad needs examining. We keep being told this is the most accomplished group of England players since 1966. What nonsense.
Most observers agree that the squad which went to Mexico in 1970 was outstanding and better than the one which lifted the World Cup.
Brian Labone was a better centre-half than Jack Charlton, Alan Mullery superior to Nobby Stiles, Keith Newton shaded it over George Cohen, while the likes of Bobby Moore, Alan Ball, Bobby Charlton, Geoff Hurst, Gordon Banks and Martin Peters remained outstanding international footballers. Colin Bell and Francis Lee also added greatly to the 1970 squad's quality.
The 1990 team that got to the semi-finals was superior to this lot. They had players such as John Barnes, Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle and Paul Gascoigne who could go past defenders. This group only have Joe Cole and a half-fit Rooney to do that.
Players such as Peter Shilton, Stuart Pearce, Terry Butcher, Des Walker, David Platt and Gary Lineker would all strengthen the 2006 unit.
So a ruminative period wouldn't go amiss when England fans continue to over-praise the current players.
They are led by a coach who still hasn't mastered the art of substitutions, who agrees he doesn't dwell too deeply on the opposition or their tactics, who admits that a week's training last month in Portugal didn't focus on what it would be like to play in hot weather and who maintains that Owen and Rooney will be in great physical fettle soon enough.
Still feeling chipper about this World Cup?