Brazil coach: Team will be 'playing for Neymar'

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said during a press conference that when his team faces Germany in its World Cup semifinal on Tuesday, they will be playing for not just their country, but also "for Neymar and everything he's done for us." 

Neymar, who is Brazil's leading scorer and tied for second overall for goals scored in this World Cup, fractured a vertebrae in his back during his team's quarterfinal win over Colombia and is out for the remainder of the World Cup. It was a crushing blow to the host country, but Scolari says that his team has moved on from its "sad phase" and is focused on the upcoming game. 

"[Neymar] has done his share," Scolari said during a press conference. "Now it's up to us to do our share."

According to, Scolari had asked Neymar to attend the semifinal but a spokesman said that the forward will instead stay in Sao Paulo to continue his recuperation. 

PLANET FUTBOL: Neymar's cultural significance transcends soccer in Brazil

Molly Geary

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