Brazil prepares to dance at the World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) – Brazilian players are hoping to dance a lot at the World Cup in Qatar.

The five-time world champion is celebrating so much ahead of his debut against Serbia on Thursday that the dance celebrations are being prepared and rehearsed.

Not one, not two, not three – but all 10.

“To tell the truth, we have already prepared dances up to the 10th goal,” said Brazilian striker Raphinha on Monday. “We prepared about 10 dances for each game, one for the first, one for the second, one for the third… If we score more than 10 points, we have to start innovating.”

Brazil brought an attacking side to Qatar, with Raphinha among nine forwards chosen by coach Tite to try to give Brazil their first World Cup in two decades.

Another is Vinícius Júnior, who was embroiled in a controversy over his dancing earlier this season following his goals with Real Madrid. He and team-mate Rodrygo kept dancing despite the criticism in Spain and had promised more of it when they joined the national team at the World Cup.

Raphinha and Neymar were among those who publicly showed their support for Vinícius Júnior at the time.

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

“When you wear the No. 9 shirt with the Brazilian national team, you just want to score goals,” he said. “With these teammates the goals will surely come.”

The other forwards chosen by Tite were Pedro, Antony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli

Richarlison, Raphinha and Neymar will start against Serbia on Thursday but there were still doubts about how Tite would prepare his attack for the opener. The coach could either use midfielder Lucas Paquetá in a more attacking position or Vinícius Júnior in attack.

“With Vinícius we gain more pace in attack, while with Paquetá we have more control in midfield,” said Raphinha. “But Brazil has the quality of always being offensive, no matter who is playing.”

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

Brazil are attempting to win their first World Cup since 2002 when a side led by Ronaldo beat Germany in the final.

DEFEND NEYMAR

Richarlison came out and defended Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star was criticized for posting a photo with a sixth star on his pants on the flight to Qatar and hinting at a possible sixth World Cup for the Brazilians related

“We’re dreamers, we’re striving for that sixth star no matter what people will say,” Richarlison said.

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