Brazil breaks out prepared dances at World Cup

Brazil breaks out prepared dances at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar — Brazil has already prepared and practiced dances for when they score goals at the World Cup in Qatar, according to striker Raphinha

The five-time world champion is jubilant in the run-up to their debut against Serbia on Thursday and the players hope to dance a lot.

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“To tell you the truth, we have already prepared dances up to the 10th goal,” Raphinha told a press conference on Monday. “We have prepared about 10 dances for each competition, one for the first, one for the second, one for the third… If we score more than 10, we have to innovate.”

Brazil brought an offensively-minded side to Qatar, with Raphinha one of nine forwards chosen by coach Tite to try and give Brazil their first World Cup title in two decades.

Another is Vinicius Junior, who was discredited earlier this season over his dancing after his goals with Real Madrid. However, he and teammate Rodrygo continued to dance despite the criticism in Spain and had promised more of the same when they joined the national team at the World Cup.

Raphinha and Neymar were among those who publicly expressed their support for Vinicius at the time.

Striker Richarlison, Brazil’s top scorer this year, said he hopes the “goals will come naturally” for him and his teammates at the World Cup.

“When you wear the number 9 shirt with the Brazilian national team, all you want to do is score goals,” he said. “With these teammates, I’m sure the goals will come.”

The other attackers selected by Tite were Pedro, Antony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli

Richarlison, Raphinha and Neymar start against Serbia on Thursday, but there was still doubt about how Tite would set up his attack for the opener. The coach could use either midfielder Lucas Paqueta in a more attacking position or Vinicius up front.

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“With Vinicius we get more speed in attack, while with Paqueta we have more control near the midfield,” added Raphinha. “But Brazil has the characteristic that it is always offensive, no matter who gets to play.”

Brazil’s other matches in Group G are against Switzerland and Cameroon.

Brazil is seeking to win its first World Cup title since 2002, when a team led by Ronaldo defeated Germany in the final.

Meanwhile, Richarlison defended Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star was criticized for posting a sixth star photo on his shorts during the flight to Qatar, hinting at a possible sixth World Cup title for the Brazilians.

“We’re dreamers, we’re going after this sixth star no matter what people are going to say,” Richarlison said.

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