No disrespect in Brazil celebrations, says Tite: “Their language is dancing"

Raphinha, Vinicius Jr, Lucas Paqueta and Neymar dance in celebration
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Brazil coach Tite says there was no disrespect intended from the Selecao’s dancing celebrations for all four of their goals against South Korea.

The South Americans blew away their opponents in the World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) last 16 on Monday, putting four goals past them in a dazzling first half display.

All of them were celebrated with dance moves, and Tite himself got involved after a sensational third was netted by Richarlison, but the manager insisted after that it was all in good spirit.  

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"There's no interpretation other than happiness at the goal, happiness for the team, happiness for the performance," said Tite.

“There was no disrespect for the opposition nor towards [South Korea coach] Paulo Bento for whom I have a lot of respect.

"We try to adapt to the characteristics of the players. They are very young and I try to adapt a bit to their language, and part of their language is dancing."

The choice of celebration didn’t please everyone; ITV pundit Roy Keane wasn’t happy with the Selecao’s moves. (opens in new tab)

“I’ve never seen so much dancing, it’s like watching Strictly,” he said at half time.

“I think it is really disrespecting the opposition. It's 4-0 and they're doing it every time. I don’t mind the first jig, but then the manager got involved with it! I'm not happy with it, I don't think it's good at all.”

Brazil ultimately progressed to the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win, and they face Croatia next.

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.