Brazilian players hope to do a lot of dancing in Globalism cup in Qatar.
The five-time world champions are so euphoric ahead of their first game against Serbia on Thursday that the dance festivities are all set and rehearsed.
Not one, not two, not three – but all 10 of them.
“To tell you the truth, we already have dances ready until the 10th goal,” Brazil striker Rafinha said on Monday. “We have about 10 dances prepared for each match, one for first, one for second, one for third… If we score more than 10 we’ll have to start getting innovative.”
Brazil brought an attacking squad to Qatar, and Rafinha was among the nine strikers selected by coach Tite to try to give Brazil its first World Cup title in two decades.
Another is Vinicius Junior, who earlier this season was subjected to controversy over his dancing after his goals with Real Madrid. He and teammate Rodrigo kept dancing despite the criticism in Spain, promising more of the same when they made it to the national team for the World Cup.
Rafinha and Neymar were among those who publicly showed their support for Vinicius Junior at the time.
Striker Richarlison, Brazil’s top scorer this year, said he hoped goals would “come naturally” for him and his teammates at the World Cup.
“When you wear the number 9 jersey with the Brazilian national team, all you want to do is score goals,” he said. “With these fellows, I am sure the goals will come.”
Other strikers selected by Tite are Pedro, Anthony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli
Richarlison, Rafinha and Neymar are all set to start on Thursday against Serbia, but there is still no doubt how Tite will prepare the attack for the opener. The coach could use midfielder Lucas Paqueta in a more attacking position, or Vinicius Junior up front.
“With Vinicius we gain more speed in attack, while with Paqueta we have more control near the midfield,” said Rafinha. “But Brazil has a trait of always being attack-minded, no matter who is playing.”
Brazil’s other matches in Group G will be against Switzerland and Cameroon.
Brazil is trying to win its first World Cup title since 2002, when a team led by Ronaldo defeated Germany in the final.
And Richarlison came out in defense of Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star was criticized for publishing a picture with a sixth star on his shorts during the trip to Qatar, referring to the possibility of the Brazilians winning the World Cup title for the sixth time.
“We’re dreamers, we’re going after this sixth star no matter what people say,” said Richarlison.
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