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Golao and sympathy: Richarlison The Brazil we wanted back – Kelen Cristina

Richarlison celebrates scoring a volley in opposition to Serbia in Brazil’s World Cup debut in Qatar (picture: Nelson Almeida/AFP)

I do not learn about you, however I’ve been a fan of Richarlison since earlier than he was widespread. Long earlier than that, his picturesque objective celebrations earned him the nickname of the chicken-imitating pigeon. Years earlier than he was getting paid in euros or displaying off his polyglot facet by telling a gringo reporter at a press convention in Qatar, “I communicate English, my buddy” and then had a very good chortle – tempered with a touch of pleasure at having made it there. Even earlier than he dyed his hair blonde.

Those had been the instances when carrying the jersey of the Brazilian nationwide crew was a distant dream, and showing within the World Cup sounded nearly like a utopia for the striker. What about scoring objectives within the World Cup? There isn’t any objective, let’s be truthful: a objective.

I’m a fan of the Richarlison root. The one who had a meteoric journey by way of America on the age of 18. He performed 24 matches within the 2015 Brazilian Serie B, scoring 9 objectives and offering three assists, to not point out his motion on the pitch and his tactical intelligence. At the time, once I noticed him taking part in with such ease, at such a younger age, I puzzled who would come ahead and rent him: Atletico or Cruzeiro. Not even one. Fluminense got here to BH seeking the striker and paid BRL 10 million for 50% of his rights – a document negotiation in Coelho’s historical past as much as that time.
When I noticed Richarlison, virtually born to play soccer, I’ve been rooting for him ever since. He has at all times been charismatic and over time has confirmed to be a participant who’s conscious of his position as an athlete, on and off the sphere. In its biggest simplicity, cultivating the approach to life of a rustic boy who left Nova Vencio, a municipality of simply over 50,000 inhabitants in Espírito Santo, to overcome the world.
For this motive (and others that may proceed to be listed right here) I actually celebrated his two objectives that secured Brazil’s victory over Serbia this Thursday (twenty fourth), within the debut of Tite’s males on the 2022 World Cup.

Richarlison The Brazil we wanted back. And it does not simply characterize you. It symbolizes the brand new spirit of choice. A crew that lives the most effective moments when individuality turns right into a collective. A crew in search of the contact of the ball, the most effective positioned teammate, the pace in open area, the seek for objectives – as a substitute of 1 or one other participant making an attempt to do all of it by himself.

Brazil with out the “Neymar habit” that plagued them for therefore lengthy and we know at this time did nothing good for the crew or Neymar.

Brazil is not a one-be aware samba – it is extra like a harmonic string with the swing of an olodum.

If quantity 10 does not make the save, it appears that evidently others resolve to cease. And others are nothing. This is Richarlison and his opportunism; Vincius Jnior and his immense technical means that amazes the hardest marks; Lucas Paquet and omnipresence, in protection and assault; Casemiro and his complete management within the center, within the utmost magnificence.

This sense of connection doesn’t come free. It was teased, sung and streamed by Tite, who spent a number of years trying to find the coaching that may result in this concord. He tried dozens of gamers, of various ages and types, till he arrived on the present recipe, for Qatar.
The shift from the sport in opposition to Serbia is taking this new Brazil effectively. While Richarlison left the sphere to the applause of the group, adopted by all of the cameras from the stadium to the bench and analyzed by the narrators and TV commentators, Neymar lay on the grass, writhing in ache in his proper ankle.

If it had been every other time, everybody’s consideration – followers, cameras, narrators and commentators – could be on Neymar. We would element the look of the quantity 10’s ache. Finding details about the accidents would set the tone for the present. This time all eyes had been on Golob.

The efficiency of the Seleção within the opening of the cup was like a dividing line, from Brazil that went to Brazil that it was. And Richarlison is the synthesis of a Brazil that may very well be extra.

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