Tite Laughs Off Criticism of Brazil Dancing Goal Celebrations

Tite Laughs Off Criticism of Brazil Dancing Goal Celebrations
SAINT PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JUNE 22, 2018: TITE in action during the Fifa World Cup Russia 2018, Group E, football match between BRAZIL V COSTA RICA — Photo by m.iacobucci.tiscali.it

Brazil head coach Tite brushed off criticism of his side’s dancing celebrations during their win over South Korea, ahead of Friday’s World Cup quarter-final against Croatia.

The Brazilian routed South Korea 4-1, dancing as a group for several of the goals, with the coach included on one occasion, prompting criticism from some onlookers for arrogance and lacking grace.

But Tite laughed that off, insisting it was part of their culture.

“It is the Brazilian culture when a goal is scored. That’s how we do things,” Tite told reporters.

“We will continue to do it our way because we are not disrespecting anyone.”

On his own dancing antics, Tite added: “It’s a connection I have with the younger generation. I am 61 and working with players 21, 22. They could be my grandchildren.

“If I have a chance to connect with them, I will continue dancing. If I have to dance, I’ll dance. But I have to train more. I have a stiff neck.”

Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic had no issue with the Brazilian celebrations either.

“They have their own way. They celebrate,” he said.

“They are festive. I wouldn’t want to see my players dance. It’s a different culture.”

Brazil were boosted by the return of the starting line-up of Neymar after injury for the win over South Korea.

Selecao loom as the tournament favourites with the winner of the quarter-final to take on either Argentina or the Netherlands in the semi-finals.

Ben somerford
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Australian journalist who specialises on all sports, focusing on football, tennis, basketball and racing, having written for global publications including FourFourTwo, AAP, Inside Futbol and many more....

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