Striker Neymar appeared early Thursday afternoon to begin training for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Paris Saint-Germain shirt number 10 arrived on board his helicopter at Granja Comary, the Brazilian national team training center, located in Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro.
Also Thursday was Fabinho, Renan Lodi, Casemiro, Adair Militao, Danilo, Emerson, Felipe, Everton Cipollinha, Lucas Pacita, Marquinos and Alex Sandro. Allison, Roberto Firmino, Richarlison and Douglas Luiz sang on Wednesday. The day will be dedicated to both physical and clinical tests, but the Liverpool goalkeeper has already started working on the field, with coach Tafarel.
The athletes who work in Brazil, those who still play in Libertadores de America and the Champions League Final, have yet to arrive. According to the CBF’s schedule, goalkeeper Waverton, from Palmeiras, will make a show on Sunday, Thiago Silva, Ederson, Everton Ribeiro and Gabigol will arrive the next day, and Gabriel Jesus will be the last to join the team led by coach Tete, on Tuesday, 1 June.
Athletes who have come and will come from the UK will have to implement a 14-day quarantine, but remain in isolation in the bubble the Brazilian team is implementing, according to restrictive rules put in place by the federal government. All staff members undergo coronavirus tests, the Brazilian Football Confederation has committed to sending all information about players’ health to the Ministry of Health.
Tete will lead the training sessions at Granja Kumari until June 2, when the flight is to Porto Alegre. In the capital, Rio Grande do Sul, the Brazilian national team will hold their official training in Beira Rio the following day. At 9:30 pm on the 4th, Brazil and Ecuador enter the field of the 7th round of qualifiers.
After the match, the team will spend another three days training in Porto Alegre, at CT Internationale. On the seventh day, the delegation travels to Asunción, where the next day Brazil will face Paraguay at 9:30 PM (Brasilia time).
Brazil top the qualifiers with 12 points won in four rounds and are the only team to have achieved 100% success in the competition. In the first matches, they beat Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela and Uruguay.