Created on 08-05-2014 at 15:56 PM
These are happy days for Dante Bonfim Costa Santos. He made his 150th Bundesliga appearance last weekend, was called up to the Brazil World Cup squad on Wednesday and the FCB central defender also received a visit from back home. His dad and cousin flew in from Brazil and are currently guests of honour at the Säbener Strasse training ground. “I'm really happy they're here. We haven't had much opportunity to see each other this year,” Dante informed fcbayern.de.
The announcement of the World Cup call-up led to a family celebration. “Dad was very happy and very proud of me. I am too. I'm very happy about the call-up,” explained the 30-year-old. The family enjoyed a meal together. “It was really good. But we didn't want to celebrate too much because it's midweek and we've got an important final in ten days time.”
Allianz Arena, Berlin, Brazil are the staging posts in the run-in for the eleven-time Brazil international who only celebrated his debut for A Seleção 15 months ago. “We'll give 100 percent again and focus on winning,” he promised before the last two outings in an FCB shirt this term.
First time in Berlin
The first game is the last match of the Bundesliga campaign on Saturday at home to VfB Stuttgart. The team will appear as champions once again for the fans and the championship shield will be presented - accompanied by the now-traditional wheat beer showers. That includes Pep Guardiola, as Dante made clear: “He doesn't stand a chance! He'll get his shower. No worries!“
Dante also made it clear that the game was important from a footballing aspect in view of the forthcoming DFB Cup final: “We want to continue preparing for the final by being compact, aggressive and acting as a unit. We need that to be confident ahead of the final in Berlin.”
The central defender wants to rectify an omission in the capital by actually playing in a Cup final. He missed last season's final when he was on international duty for the Confederations Cup. “I was very sad about missing out,” recalls Dante, eagerly looking forward to the clash with BVB: “It will be my first time in Berlin and I want to get hold of the cup! Then we can concentrate on the World Cup.”