If Brazil conquers the world again, it will be like dancing kings. If, over the decades, the national team has become synonymous with flair and dynamism with the ball at its feet, the desire to express itself when the ball is in the net has drawn criticism so far at this World Cup. If Richarlison’s strike against Serbia could be the goal of the tournament, Brazil’s quartet of goals against South Korea figured in the training routine that followed, certainly in the midst of one of the most unnecessary controversies surrounding the events in Qatar.
The World Cup can be a place where football cultures meet. The Brazilian tends to be praised for his aesthetic appeal and entertainment factor, though not from a particularly short-tempered Irishman whose commentary has gone global. Roy Keane’s predictable reaction and unsurprisingly harsh judgment were designed for a watching audience in the UK, but made headlines in Brazil. Coach Tite’s message was that his team – and even him – would keep dancing. Kane and other killers may be misunderstanding Brazil’s psyche. Certainly, the favorites to win the World Cup do not believe that their ability to score goals will hinder their attempts to win it or show any disrespect to their opponents.
“We dance when he scores a goal because it’s the Brazilian culture,” said Tite. “It’s not disrespectful, it’s how we do things as a culture… Let’s keep doing things our way.”
His participation in the festivities showed a connection with his players. His coaching career, dating back to 1990, extends far beyond the lives of most of his officials, with the exception of footballers Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, but part of Tite’s skill lies in his ability to relate to those four decades when he was younger. 🇧🇷
“I think it’s a connection that I have with the younger generation,” he said. “I’m 61 and I work with players who are 21 or 22; they can be my grandchildren and I have a connection with them. And if I have to choose between those who know me and those who don’t, of course I’ll choose those who know me and if I have to dance to connect with them, I’ll keep dancing.”
Tete made the valid point that he has different classes of voters. The manager of a football-crazy country of more than 200 million people is under pressure automatically. But Tite said the home crowd had the necessary understanding of the essence of football in the country.
“I will not make comments for those who do not know Brazilian history, Brazilian culture and the way of each of us, I will leave this noise aside. I want my connection with my work, with those with whom I communicate: they are those to whom I give my heart and give my attention.”
Titi spoke with awareness that he was part of something larger; The footballing legacy of the most successful teams in World Cup history goes beyond any individual. The directors definitely feel the subplots. Teams in Brazil tend to feature players, from Pele to Neymar, through to Garrincha, Jairzinho, Zico, Romario, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Kaka. Some parties are more pragmatic than their predecessors, some are blessed with less magical talent, and none are as celebrated as the star-studded 1970 team, but threads run through them all.
“This is not my team, it’s the Brazilian national team,” said Tite. “The identity of Brazilian football is not me. It started a long time ago with desperate communities training boys to produce good football even with all the risks involved. We face challenges and criticisms, but this is the football we believe in.”
Tite’s side scored just three goals in the group stage before scoring four before half-time against South Korea. This coincided with the return of Neymar from injury. Now he can match Pele’s record 77 goals for the national team as Brazil, who have fallen to the quarter-finals in three of the last four World Cups, look to beat Croatia to reach the semi-finals for only the second time since their fifth World Cup title. 2002. Tite was in charge when he walked off this stage for Belgium four years ago, but while he may become just the sixth coach to lead them to world glory, they are celebrated more by the players than the coaches. Right about that, in your opinion.
“When we paint a picture, the whole picture is of the athletes. They are the ones depicted in this painting and us [the coaching staff] They are just participants, but the board is the players themselves.” But if the final picture is Brazil dancing to the World Cup, there will be a man in his fifties trying to dance with his players. And he won’t apologize for that.
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