World-2018: Brazil has arrived, the party will start soon

World-2018: Brazil has arrived, the party will start soon By AFP,
published on 11/06/2018 at 07:21, updated at 07:22
Neymar and the entire Brazilian team at Sochi airport, June 11, 2018

The Seleçao is five World Cups on the shelf, a record of its kind. And the team arrives launched. Neymar, the most expensive player in history (222 M EUR), scored again, this time against Austria in a preparatory match Sunday in Vienna (3-0). & Nbsp;

It is the second goal in as many matches for the PSG player since his injury in late February and his right foot surgery in early March. Phew! The land of king football, where Pelé was born, can breathe and dream of a 6th star. The serious things will start for the "auriverde" nation on June 17, facing Switzerland, in Rostov on the Don. & Nbsp;

The Russian tarmacs saw the star parade on Sunday. Luis Suarez (Uruguay), former teammate of Neymar at Barça, arrived with his "Celeste" in Nizhny Novgorod, five days before his entry against Egypt. & Nbsp;

The big question on the side of the "Pharaohs" is the state of form of their crack, Mohamed Salah, injured in the left collarbone during the final of the Champions League lost with Liverpool on May 26. & Nbsp;

In a television statement on Saturday evening, the Egyptian doctor, Mohamed Abou al-Ala, said that the decision on whether Salah would participate in the first match would be taken "within the next two days". "We won't play it unless there is a full recovery". & Nbsp;

The attacker-star, satin tie and white sneakers, in any case made crackle the flashes of the photographers at his exit from the airport of Grozny, base camp of the Egyptians. & Nbsp;

The Blues, great hosts of the summer transfer window in recent seasons, also arrived in Russia, in Moscow, in cool weather, less lenient than for the Brazilians in Sochi. & Nbsp;

Everyone has their own style: Olivier Giroud wore a huge bandage above the left arch because of the stitches inherited from the last preparation match against the United States on Saturday, while Paul Pogba wore a branded cap with a giant golden butterfly . & nbsp;

One of the Blues' opponents, Peru, also arrived in the Russian capital, without attracting as many microphones and cameras. & Nbsp;

While these teams were leaving the planes, other "globalists" were already hard at work on the ground. Cristiano Ronaldo, megastar of Portugal, got acquainted Sunday morning with his Moscow training lawn, in a light rain. & Nbsp;

The freshness in Kratovo, southeast of Moscow, where the Selecçao threw his suitcases, did not discourage the hundred fans who came to see the Real Madrid star, his new hairstyle, short hair ... and one of his balloons, badly negotiated, sent into a tree. & nbsp;

Because the excitement is rising around Portugal. The opening match of the World Cup is Russia-Saudi Arabia, Thursday at 5:00 p.m. French in Moscow, in the famous Luzhniki stadium, renovated. But it is not really a poster expected by the football planet. The real kick-off is the next Friday with LE choc Portugal-Espagne, in Sochi (8:00 p.m. French). & Nbsp;

Suarez, Ronaldo, Pogba are regulars at the World Cups. Others discover it. Was it the emotion of a first World Cup in the history of this country? In any case, Heimir Hallgrimsson, coach of Iceland, left his suitcase in a bus towards the north of the island, and not in that of his team, which delayed the departure of the plane by 30 minutes. "Vikings" ... & nbsp;

"It was good for the guys, they could have made fun of me," smiled Hallgrimsson with AFP Sunday, from the Icelandic base camp at Gelendzhik, by the Black Sea. "I hope this will be my only mistake in the tournament". & Nbsp;

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