#71 Watching Neymar fall over and Harry Kane score goals

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Supporters of the other home nations were very cynical about England’s victory over Tunisia. Even scoring six against might not silence the critics. We will probably have to wait until after the Belgium game on Thursday to find out what the England team is really capable of.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane was asked to choose a song to play on the Brazilian TV programme Fantastico for scoring a hat truck in the game against Panama.

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Here in Brazil attention has been unsurprisingly focused on Neymar and his ability to stand on his feet. This image shows someone securing the Neymar sticker in their Paninni album with tape so that it doesn’t fall. In Portuguese, the verb for fall off and fall down is the same.

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This image reads: Neymar is lucky he plays next to Jesus. He falls over and Jesus says: “Get up and walk.” Obviously referring to the story of Lazarus.

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Neymar’s hair has also been a focus of attention. Apparently he has taken too professionals to Russia with him. One to cut his hair and one to dye it.

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However, Neymar isn’t the only Brazilian who has been throwing himself to the ground. The coach of the national side, Tite, appeared to want to get in on the action as he tumbled head over heels while celebrating the team’s goal against Costa Rica.

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Brazilian commentators have also come under flak. The Globo pundits Ronaldo and Casa Grande looked half asleep during their coverage of the Costa Rica game. Too much revelry the night before?

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Or perhaps they are, as is being suggested by these images, genuinely able to see into the homes of viewers and are being distracted by treats.

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There are some helpful suggestions for how Neymar might be able to stay on his feet in future.

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Interesting shots from Russia. Costa Rica translates as rich back.

And some suggestions for Messi.

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This one translates as things that disappear when you need them most.

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The big three Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar even got their own cartoon.

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If education was more important than football, God would have made the world in the shape of a book, not a ball.

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The Brazil v Costs Rica game kicked off at 9am in Brazil and the bars were serving breakfast and most shops were closed until 11:30.

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Needless to say, very little has been achieved in the way of writing and probably won’t until the tournament is over.

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About M J Dees

M J Dees lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife, daughter and two cats. He has written three novels, Living with Saci, The Astonishing Anniversaries of James and David, Part One, and When The Well Runs Dry. He is currently editing the fourth and writing the fifth. You can sign up for more information on his book launches at http://eepurl.com/cTnAD5 and receive a free copy of Living With Saci.
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