Players on Brazil’s national football team, including Paris St Germain striker Neymar, were at the Granja Comary Football Complex in Teresopolis, Brazil on Monday (October 5) to train ahead of World Cup qualifiers.
Brazil face Bolivia in Sao Paulo on Oct. 9 and then travel to Lima to take on Peru four days later.
On Friday (September 02) the global footballers’ union FIFPRO said the decision to play South American World Cup qualifiers this month poses significant risks as it warned that around 250 players face long-haul journeys amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Three players from Premier League champions Liverpool, Alisson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino, have all been called by Brazil.
While both Asia and CONCACAF – the North and Central American and Caribbean regions – have postponed qualifiers until March due to COVID, South America will press ahead.
(Production: Sergio Queiroz, Leandra Camera, Patrick Alwine)