The Brazilian team is currently training in Teresopolis, a town in the mountainous regions of Rio de Janeiro, with 23 players. The likes of Daniel Alves, David Luiz, Fernandinho, Willian, and Neymar have been joined by their counterparts playing in China, Renato Augusto and Gil, who explained how they are adapting to a new culture.
(Soundbite, Portuguese) Renato Augusto, midfielder for Beijing Guoan
“I must confess I was a little scared about the food, but I saw it was nothing like what I was told. The food is much more international, I did not see anyone ordering snakes, they only have those at fairs. There are Brazilian, Italian and Spanish restaurants. I have had no problem with the food.”
Regarding the technical level of Chinese football, the Beijing Guoan midfielder recognized that Chinese football is the fastest growing in the world, with large contracts multiplying for top players. ”
The defender Gil also said his trip to China has not influenced the quality of their football and hails his team Shandong Luneng.
(Soundbite, Portuguese) Gil, defender for Shandong Luneng
“The club has an above average organization above the average. Today the clubs are structured to give legal status to foreign players. We now enjoy training camps, a professional academy and even Brazilian food at the club.”
Apparently, the two players have adapted well to the Chinese market. However, with their teammates, who mostly play in Europe, they must now prepare for another challenge: a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on Friday.