Public Training Session and a Pataxo Luck Dance – Just a Monday in Brazil

Monday morning’s training session of die Nationalmannschaft at the resort-like Campo Bahia was opened to the public, at least in part so the players could express their gratitude for being welcomed to their temporary neighborhood.

Kramer, Özil, Kehdira, Alaba, and Mertesacker "happy to be here"
Kramer, Özil, Kehdira, Boateng, and Mertesacker “happy to be here”

Standing out amid all the replica DFB jerseys and assorted other Germany-oriented gear was the colorful garb of the local natives.

The local color in Bahia
The local color in Bahia

Of course, there must have been some typical prep-work taking place on the pitch. The German may very much wish to assure everyone how happy they are to be there, but they are far from being contented with just being there. Questionable recent performances and injuries aside, the goal is to leave Brazil as world champions.

And, once the football practice was completed, coach Joachim Löw ceded the ‘stage’ to members of the Pataxó peoples on-hand, so they could perform a “luck dance” for the newcomers.

Not a dancer, Jogi?
Not a dancer, coach?

Eventually, presumably once the luck-delivery portion of the ceremony had safely been completed, players got involved with the festivities, bringing a series of great scenes to view under the sunny skies, with the highlight perhaps being Thomas Müller’s fantastic maraca work, as seen in this DFB-TV video.

So, if you’re keeping score, Germany now boasts: FIFA Team of the Year members Manuel Neuer and Philipp Lahm, current Champions League champions Sami Khedira and Mesut Özil, a striker about to become the World Cup’s all-time leading goal-scorer (okay, probably), a gorgeous, distraction-free facility for tournament preparations, one of the world’s top footballing legacies, AND the luck-bringing dance and blessing of the Pataxó peoples.

And then there is Lukas Podolski, who put in a little extra effort in buttering-up the visitors, likely in the hopes he gets the little extra boost when things get rolling next Monday.

How do you say "sucking up" in Hã-Ha-Hãe?
How do you say “sucking up” in Hã-Ha-Hãe?

Just kidding, Poldi.

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Randall Hauk is a freelance writer living in the United States while covering German football. He is currently the publisher of Planet Effzeh, an English-language site covering 1. FC Köln. He wrote about the German national team for the Telegraph as part of their World Cup Nation coverage.

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