Tite, Brazil’s coach, has explained why his team’s players enjoy dancing so much.
The 61-year-old praised his team’s spirit following a 4-1 victory over South Korea on Monday, which advanced Brazil to the World Cup quarterfinals.
During the victory, he was included in a choreographed goal celebration.
“They’re very young and I always try to adapt a little bit to their language,” Tite said through an interpreter.
“They have a language, which is of dancing.”
After Richarlison’s stunning team goal put Brazil up 3-0, he made his way directly to the sideline, pointing at his coach in the process. A circle had formed and Brazil’s break-out striker put his arm around the coach as the group shared a few dance steps together.
The celebration had been semi-planned and Tite said he has made a point to adapt to the group, in an effort to connect with the players. Part of that was getting in on the dancing.
Prior to the game, he said he told the players a dance they were doing was similar to something he was familiar with and told them that if they taught it to him, he would do it with them.
“You have to learn how to do the moves,” Tite said. “And the moves are very tight.”