The Brazil squad’s preparations for a World Cup on home soil got underway Monday amid chants of protests instead of support.
The players selected by Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reported to the national team as a few hundred demonstrators loudly protested against the money being spent by the local government on the World Cup.
The protesters surrounded the bus carrying the players from their hotel in Rio de Janeiro to the training camp in the mountain city of Teresopolis, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) away.
The demonstrators slowed the bus down as it tried to leave and then got close enough to attach dozens of stickers with slogans against the World Cup on the vehicle, including the windows. They also chanted and held anti-World Cup banners, including one that read: “There will be no World Cup, there will be a strike.”
“It was just a minor problem,” said Brazil assistant coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to the 1994 world title, reports the Associated Press.