DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Brazil’s players are hoping to do a lot of dancing at the World Cup In Qatar
The five-time world champions are in high spirits ahead of their debut against Serbia on Thursday, so much so that the dance routines are being fully prepared and rehearsed.
Not one, not two, not three – but all 10 of them.
“To tell you the truth, we already have dances ready for the 10th goal,” Brazil forward Rafinha said on Monday. “We have about 10 dances prepared for each match, one for the first, one for the second, one for the third… If we score more than 10, we have to start innovating.”
Brazil brought an attack-minded squad to Qatar, with Rafinha among nine forwards selected by coach Tite to try and lead Brazil to their first World Cup title in two decades.
Another is Vinícius Júnior, who was embroiled in controversy over his dancing after scoring with Real Madrid earlier this season. Despite the criticism in Spain, he and teammate Rodrigo continued to dance, and promised more of the same upon reaching the national team at the World Cup.
Rafina and Neymar were among those who publicly showed their support for Vinicius Junior at this time.
Richarlison, Brazil’s top goalscorer this year, said he hoped “goals will come naturally” to him and his team-mates at the World Cup.
“When you wear the number 9 jersey with the Brazilian national team, you just want to score goals,” he said. “With these teammates, I’m sure the goals will come.”
Other forwards selected by Tite were Pedro, Antoni, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli.
Richarlison, Raphinha and Neymar are set to start against Serbia on Thursday, but there was still doubt over how Tite would set up his attack for the opener. The coach can either use midfielder Lucas Piqueta in a more attacking position, or put Vinicius Junior up front.
“With Vinícius we have more pace in attack, while with Paquetá we have more control closer to midfield,” said Raphinha. “But Brazil always have the characteristic of thinking aggressively, no matter who plays.”
Brazil’s other Group G matches are against Switzerland and Cameroon.
Brazil are seeking their first World Cup title since 2002, when Ronaldo’s side beat Germany in the final.
Richarlison has come out in defense of Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star was criticized for posting a photo with the sixth star on a flight to Qatar, in what could be a sixth World Cup title for the Brazilians. Referred to.
“We’re the dreamers, we’re going after that sixth star no matter what people say,” Richarlison said.
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