Dunga closes Brazil practice in unusual move
Brazil closed its practice for the second straight day on Sunday
– an unusual move that surprised even some of the players.
Brazil is usually one of the most open teams to fans and media,
but coach Dunga has been trying to keep the team sealed off ahead
of its opener against North Korea next Tuesday.
No Brazilian official said why Sunday’s practice was closed, and
not even the players were aware of the change.
“We just found out that it was going to be closed now,” Brazil
right back Maicon said. “Maybe he wants to try some different
things with the team.”
More than 300 journalists were following the Brazilian team, and
up until Saturday, they had watched all practices in their
“It’s the coach’s right,” reserve midfielder Ramires said.
“It helps. It keeps the opponents from knowing details about our
Prior to the media shutout, fans had been banned as Brazil
sought to avoid a repeat of the frenzied atmosphere that some
players and officials blamed for the team’s quarterfinal
elimination in the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Then, thousands of
fans were allowed to nearly all of Brazil’s training sessions and a
fan zone was set up near the team’s base Weggis, Switzerland.
“I would like to have all practices open to the fans,” Dunga
said ahead of the World Cup. “But because of what happened in 2006
we have to protect ourselves.”
Players were not worried that the changes would alienate
“Dunga’s team has already won the fans, it won’t affect
anything,” Maicon said. “It’s a closed practice so the team can
have a good opener and make the fans happy.”
After playing North Korea, five-time champion Brazil will face
the Ivory Coast and then Portugal in the tough Group G.