Brazil illuminated the World Cup on Monday night as they dismantled South Korea 4-1 in their World Cup last-16 tie, but it wasn’t just their football that became the talk of many.
First-half goals from Vinicius Jr, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta did the damage as Tite’s side strolled into the quarter-finals to setup a quarter-final encounter with Croatia.
Aside from the silky skills, the joyous celebrations of each Brazilian goal delighted those inside Stadium 974 in Qatar.
Brazil’s dancing for every goal in their World Cup win over South Korea has been a talking point
The South Americans showed their dancing feet during their thumping 4-1 win in the last 16
With each strike that hit the back of South Korea goal, another flamboyant dance move occurred.
Vinicius Jr’s goal was inspired by a song that is proving popular on TikTok in Brazil called Pagodao do Birimbola. The dance to the song by Os Quebradeiras had already been performed by the in-form winger during the group stages – however, it proved in vain as his goal against Switzerland was ruled out for offside.
The second goal celebration was a thing of true choreography by Tite’s side. After Neymar tucked away a penalty, he Vinicius Jr, Paqueta and Raphinha lined up to dance.
The quartet danced to Oz Crias da Selecao – a song by Oz Crias and DJ LC da Roca.
And it has since been revealed that the song wasn’t initially even going to be released ahead of the World Cup. Alas it was and West Ham midfielder Paqueta told Oz Crias that he intended to dance to that song after hearing it – which was evidenced by Neymar’s goal.
Vinicius Jr’s (left) goal celebration to Pagodao do Birimbola was joined by his team-mates
Brazil’s second, scored by Neymar (right), saw players dance to the song Oz Crias da Selecao
Richarlison’s celebration has been seen before and stems from a funk song called Danca do pigeon (Dance of the Pigeon) by an artist called MC Faisca.
Fast forward to 2018 and the song hit a second surge in the mainstream when Richarlison recorded a video of himself listening to the song and imitating a pigeon in a hotel room.
Then at Everton, it became his trademark as he started scoring goals for the Toffees. His success at international level has seen Brazil fans become familiar with that celebration – including boss Tite who also did his own imitation of the celebration on Monday alongside his No 9.
And Paqueta got on the scoresheet himself in the 36th minute – defending his dancing post-match.
‘In dance, we symbolise the joy of scoring the goal. We don’t do it to disrespect, we don’t go in front of an opponent.’
Richarlison (centre right) danced like a pigeon with Brazil boss Tite after scoring their third
Lucas Paqueta (right) defended his side’s celebrations – saying it ‘symbolises the joy of scoring’
His remarks were in retort to Roy Keane who was critical of the team dancing during his analysis for ITV.
‘Fantastic finish by Vinicius, great start to the game. But I’ve never seen so much dancing,’ he fumed.
‘I can’t believe what I’m watching, I can’t believe what I’m watching, it’s like watching Strictly [Come Dancing].
‘I don’t like this. People say it’s their culture. But I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition.
‘It’s four goals, and they are doing it every time.
‘I don’t mind so much the first jig, it’s the one after that, and the manager getting involved.
‘I’m not happy about it. I don’t think it’s good at all.’
A fuming Roy Keane likened it all to watching popular BBC dance show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’
Graeme Souness was equally as irritated by Brazil’s antics, backing Keane’s furious verdict
Graeme Souness backed Keane’s verdict and was equally as seething at the constant dancing after goals.
‘It’s only a matter of time before someone goes right through one of these Brazilians,’ the Scot said.
Keane has since come under-fire in Brazil – with the former Manchester United and Republic of Ireland captain being blasted for his own football career and punditry abilities.
Leading Brazilian TV channel TNT Sports wrote on Twitter: ‘HELLO, ROY KEANE! DON’T LIKE THE DANCES? BITE YOUR BACK! THIS HERE IS BRAZIL!
‘See if you can do something like that! Even Tite will dance here! Like it or not.’
Brazilian TV channel TNT Sports responded to Keane by saying on Twitter: ‘This here is Brazil!’
Another Brazilian broadcaster, Globo, responded to Keane’s criticism by reminiscing about some of his lowest moments as a player.
Their report, which describes him as the ‘executioner’ following his goal against Palmeiras in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup final, takes a closer look at the most controversial incidents of his career, including his bitter fallout with Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup and the infamously gruesome tackle which ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career.
Luis Castro, the head coach of Brazilian Serie A club Botafogo, labelled Keane ‘inelegant’ while claiming he simply doesn’t understand the country’s culture.
Castro said on sportv, via Globo: ‘Roy Keane doesn’t understand the culture of Brazilian football. He doesn’t understand the Brazilian team. So, he speaks in an inelegant way due to what happened today.
‘We all know that’s not disrespectful to anyone. Celebrating players is no disrespect to anyone. What shows there is a great union between coach and players. And a set of synergies that can catapult a team to great achievements.’
One article in Brazil highlighted some of Keane’s lowest moments as a player, including this infamous tackle which ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career
The story also called him the ‘executioner of Palmeiras’ after his goal against the Brazilian club in Manchester United’s 1999 Intercontinental Cup final victory
Luis Castro, who now manages Brazilian Serie A side Botafogo, claims Keane simply does not understand the country’s football culture
However, the fiercest comments directed towards Keane came on social media, where the Irishman was described as ‘irrelevant’ and a ‘butcher who never knew how to control a football’ amongst other insults.
One wrote on Twitter about his challenge on Haaland: ‘Curiosity: Roy Keane was the author of one of the most unfair moves in football. In revenge for a feud, he gave this entry to Alf-Inge Haaland, father of Haaland, who had to end his career. To this day he says he has no regrets.’
Another said: ‘Do the Irish care what our former players think of their national team? Just f**k Roy Keane’s opinion on celebrating Brazilians. It doesn’t interest anyone, it doesn’t have the slightest relevance, it doesn’t change anything. Screw this. Sorry for the bad manners.’
Orlando Calheiros, a podcast presenter with a PHD in Social anthropology, also chipped in by saying: ‘You’re giving Roy Keane a lot of leash, one of the biggest pig’s feet in world football. If he had been born in Brazil, he would have played, at most, five, six seasons, at most, in the Brazilian first division, in a Botafogo of life.’
Rafael Belattini, one of Brazil’s NFL commentators, said: ‘Few things are more irrelevant than Roy Keane’s opinion on the Brazilian national team. Do they translate Vampeta’s comments about the English team in England? Because Vampeta has a Cup, at least…’
Keane also drew widespread criticism from Brazilians on Twitter after his criticism of the team
Brazil boss Tite also spoke out on accusations of disrespect shown by his side in Qatar, branding such claims ‘evil’.
‘You have to learn how to do the moves,’ he said at his post-match press conference. ‘And the moves are very tight!
‘I have to be very careful though. There are people who are evil who will say that was disrespectful.’
Tite branded any accusations of disrespect shown by his side against South Korea ‘evil’
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