Doha, Nov 19 (EFE).- Ronaldo, Romario, Dunga, Cafu, Socrates… The great stars in the history of Brazil are already waiting for their team to land in Qatar. But they do not wait in physical form, they do it stamped on the walls of the Brazilian training center at the Grand Hamad stadium, where the Canarinha will begin their assault on the sixth star.
The Brazilian press team, a few hours before the team lands, opened the doors of the Grand Hamad complex to show what the facilities that await the Brazilians upon their arrival in Qatar are like.
Those from Tité have trained in recent days at the Juventus sports complex in Turin (Italy), but they have already left for Qatar, where they will land this Saturday after 11:00 p.m. local time. From the airport they will transfer to the Westin Doha Hotel, one of the most luxurious in the area, and will spend the night, the last before getting down to work.
Brazil will hold its first training session this Sunday. You will arrive at the Grand Hamad, a small stadium located in the heart of Doha in whose bowels its headquarters are installed.
The grass, precisely cut and protected by security so that no one steps on it, gives way to benches decorated with the colors and shield of the national team and a changing room that, as soon as its doors open, shows the pride of the country. Each and every one of the World Cups won by the ‘verdeamarela’ are decorated on the walls.
From the first one in 1958, with a stellar Pelé, to the last one, in 2002, with Ronaldo and his famous hairstyle, going through the 1962 title, with Garrincha, the 1970 one, again with Pelé, and the 1994 one, with Dunga in the lead.
But not only the past has a place in the Canarinha feud. Right in front of the wall that shows the five Brazilian stars, the path to this World Cup appears. Markers, rivals and scorers, to end crowned with a team photograph with a smiling Vinícius and an exalted Antony.
On one side of this corridor that reviews the Brazilian glory, are the changing rooms. Without great luxuries, the seats of Casemiro, Rodrygo, Vinícius, Raphinha, Gabriel Jesús appear… Showers, a gym, a video room and two swimming pools complete the workplace for the Brazilians, in addition to the dressing rooms for the coaching staff and Marmoset.
Once you cross the famous corridor, a small living room appears that highlights the Brazilian optimism. On a wall the path to the end is painted. Each and every one of the matches, as a ‘bracket’, with the crosses.
The most excited journalists point their finger in only one direction: the final on December 18. Anything other than being in that game and winning it will be a disappointment for one of the teams that moves the most people, both in the fans and in the press. Hundreds of journalists attended this first open day. And not just Brazilians; Spanish, Argentine, Korean…
A clear example of the interest aroused by the great favorite to lift this World Cup.
Manuel Sanchez Gomez
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