Brazil, which begins its World Cup this Thursday against the Serb, arrived in the evening in Doha.
With Neymar at its head, the selection of Brazil landed in Doha on Saturday evening (around 9 p.m. French time) in search of a sixth world champion title after twenty years of scarcity.
The Seleção, one of the competition’s favorite teams, arrived from Turin in Italy, where they trained for five days in preparation for their opening match against Serbia on Thursday 24 November. Tite’s team is the last of the tournament’s 32 teams to set foot on Qatari soil.
First training in Qatar this Sunday
The 26 Brazilian players and their staff landed at the international airport and then departed for the Westin Doha hotel in the modern center of the capital, where they will stay for the duration of the competition.
On Sunday evening, they are due to train for the first time at Al Arabi SC Stadium, their base camp during the tournament.
In Qatar, Brazil wants to end the hegemony of European teams in the Worlds of the 21st century – four out of five World Cups have been won by European nations – by taking advantage of Neymar’s good form.
Neymar expected at the turn
The Paris Saint-Germain striker, star of the Seleção, is participating in his third World Cup, after disappointing World Cups in Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018.
At 30, Ney arrives after an excellent half-season at PSG, where he scored thirteen goals and provided eleven assists in 19 Ligue 1 and Champions League matches.
But Neymar might not go beyond the Qatari World Cup. That’s what he hinted at in October 2021 when he said he would retire after the tournament because he didn’t have the “mental capacity to continue being a footballer“.
Brazil in great shape
Tite, his coach, and Marquinhos, his teammate in Paris then qualified his remarks. From an early age, the star dreamed of this title, which would place him on a royal road to the Ballon d’Or, another of his great aspirations.
The Brazilians arrive in Qatar undefeated for fifteen consecutive games (twelve wins and three draws). Their last setback dates back to 2021, during the Copa America final against Lionel Messi’s Argentina (1-0), another favorite team of the 2022 World Cup, in the legendary Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.
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