Brazil’s national team will prepare in Europe from Nov. 14 for the World Cup in Qatar at a venue to be determined, said Juninho Paulista, the Brazilian football body’s coordinator.
Juninho also said the team would arrive in Qatar on November 19, five days before their opening game against Serbia. Brazil’s other rivals in Group G are Switzerland and Cameroon.
We will meet in Europe so that players based there can arrive more quickly. We only have a week of preparation this time, any time we can save time will help, Juninho said in a podcast hosted by his former team-mate and 2002 World Cup winner Denilson.
Four years ago, Brazil began preparations at their training center in Teresopolis north of Rio de Janeiro, moved to Tottenham’s training ground in London for 10 days and then traveled in Russia. Brazil lost 2-1 to Belgium in Kazan in the quarter-finals in 2018.
Brazil will play two friendlies in Asia ahead of the World Cup against South Korea in Seoul and against Japan in Tokyo.
FIFA still wants Brazil and Argentina to play their World Cup qualifier which was suspended in September shortly after kick-off when officials entered the pitch because some of the Argentine players had violated COVID-19 protocols. FIFA want the match to take place in September, but neither team has committed to play.