DOHA, Qatar — Brazil have already prepared and practiced dances for when they score goals at the World Cup in Qatar, according to striker Raphinha
The five-time world champions are looking forward 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 already have dancers prepared for up to the 10th goal,” Raphinha told a press conference on Monday. “We have some 10 dances prepared for each match, one for the first, one for the second, one for the third… If we score more than 10, then we have to start innovating.”
Brazil brought an attacking side to Qatar, with Raphinha among the nine forwards chosen by coach Tite to try and give Brazil their first World Cup title in two decades.
Another is Vinicius Junior, who earlier this season was embroiled in controversy over his dancing after his goals with Real Madrid. He and his teammate Rodrygo continued to dance despite the criticism in Spain, and had promised more of the same when they joined the national team in the World Cup.
Raphinha and Neymar were among those who publicly showed their support for Vinicius at the time.
Striker Richarlison, Brazil’s leading goalscorer this year, said he hopes “goals come naturally” to him and his World Cup teammates.
“When you wear the 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 strikers chosen by Tite were Pedro, Antony, Gabriel Jesus and Gabriel Martinelli
Richarlison, Raphinha and Neymar are set to start on Thursday against Serbia, but there were still doubts about how Tite would set up his attack for the opener. The coach can 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 midfield,” Raphinha added. “But Brazil has a quality of always being offensive-minded, no matter who gets to play.”
Brazil’s other Group G matches are against Switzerland and Cameroon.
Brazil are trying to win their first World Cup title since 2002, when a Ronaldo-led squad defeated Germany in the final.
Meanwhile, Richarlison came out in defense of Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star was criticized for posting a picture with a sixth star on his shorts on the plane 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 say,” Richarlison said.