The 28-year-old Bayern Munich defender is back in the Brazil squad for the first time since 2008 and is eager to make a lasting impression against South Africa on Wednesday.JOHANNESBURG — Rafinha says he will do everything he can to earn his place in Luiz Felips Scolari’s Brazil squad for the World Cup.
The Bayern Munich right back was recalled to the Brazil squad for Wednesday’s Gillette Brasil Global Tour match with South Africa at Soccer City, his first call-up in five years. And the 28-year-old, who looks set to make his first start for his country tomorrow, says he is keen to stick around.
“The group is practically closed, but I'll try everything to get a seat,” he said. “I am hoping to leave a good impression. Scolari's talked to me, asked me about how I’m playing at Bayern. He put me at ease told me to make myself comfortable.”
“Daniel Alves has been playing almost every game. Maicon has also had an opportunity and now I'm having mine. Hopefully I will be going to the World Cup.”
Rafinha, whose single cap arrived when he was introduced as a second-half substitute against Sweden in 2008, has been in inspired form for Bayern since Philipp Lahm was moved into midfield, leaving the Brazilian the chance to become a regular for the Bundesliga side.
He went on to say that he had spoken to his Bayern teammates about the upcoming World Cup.
“They all respect [Brazil],” he said. “They know that the Brazil are the favorites for the title, but Germany are good too and they have been playing together for a long time."