Before the start of the World Cup on Thursday against Serbia, Brazil’s footballers firmly believe in winning their sixth title. “We are ready to play a big World Cup,” said captain Thiago Silva on Wednesday. “Sure, the title is far away. But dreaming doesn’t cost anything.” The Seleção will start the tournament in Qatar as one of the top favorites. This is also due to superstar Neymar, who, according to his captain, is in top form. “He arrived at a very good level here. It was different in 2018,” said Thiago Silva. Back in Russia, the Brazilians were eliminated in the quarterfinals.
The record world champions won their last World Cup trophy in 2002 in Japan and South Korea. The fact that the pressure at home is now particularly great doesn’t bother national coach Tite. “We have a nice football history and of course that comes with pressure. Brazil is a country that is crazy about football,” said the 61-year-old. “But it’s good to dream and we dream of winning the World Cup.”