Bruno: I'm at the top of my game
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Three world titles are clearly not enough for Bruno, who revealed he is desperate for more trophies: “I don’t care if we’ve already been world champions three times. I intend to make it a fourth.”

The 29-year-old is currently his team’s top scorer in the tournament and third in the race for the adidas Golden Shoe, trailing Switzerland striker Dejan Stankovic and Ludovic Ehounou of Côte d'Ivoire. Not that Bruno is bothered about earning personal accolades, as he revealed to “To be honest, individual medals don’t interest me. What I am concerned about is winning gold with the rest of my team. That way the whole squad is rewarded and everyone takes home the same medal. That is what I am aiming for.”

As his side prepare to take on Switzerland, who will be aiming to continue their excellent run in their debut appearance at the tournament, Bruno prefers to focus on his own game. “The match will be hard for us, but we aren’t interested in Switzerland. All we want to think about is Brazil and the way we play football,” he said. “It won’t be easy for us, but we go into the game in high spirits.”

The two sides met last Wednesday, with the champions coming out on top 4-2 and Bruno scoring the fourth goal. According to the sharpshooting Brazilian, that gives an advantage to the South Americans “We discovered from the previous game that Switzerland are a very strong team and they defend well," he said. "They have a defensive style and rely on getting the ball to Stankovic, so we have to try to stop them doing that.”

Bruno has played in all of Brazil’s finals except one, when he was suspended in 2006 against Uruguay. Reflecting on that experience, he said: “I was sitting with the crowd and it was very hard. But now I feel I am at the top of my game and hope to help my team to win the title.”

(Switzerland) have a defensive style and rely on getting the ball to Stankovic, so we have to try to stop them doing that.
Brazil player Bruno

Bruno did return for the finals of 2007 and 2008 and is the only player to have scored two goals in both games, but he insists he is not concerned with who finds the net against Switzerland. “I can’t just think about scoring goals. I need to concentrate with the rest of the team on coming through victorious. My ability to score is simply because, as a striker, I am closest to the keeper, so it’s easier for me.”

Bruno won the adidas Bronze Shoe twice, in 2006 and 2007, yet he is adamant he is not interested in overtaking Stankovic at the top of the scoring table this year. “Honestly, I don’t think much about getting more goals. I tend to think of the team first, and the goals I score help the team first and foremost.”

Saturday was an excellent day for Bruno, as he scored twice against Portugal, and his first goal also marked Brazil’s 200th in the history of the competition. Yet such peripheral stats are of little interest to the tall forward: “It was just another goal,” he said. “We’ve scored 200 goals, but that isn’t important. There are still plenty of World Cups ahead of us, so perhaps we can score 300 or 400 or even 1,000!”

One thing is for sure, firing the 200th goal in the history of the competition may not be important to Bruno, but lifting the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup trophy on Sunday most certainly is.