Brazil have confirmed the appointment of former Corinthians manager Tite as the new manager. The national team recently parted company with manager Dunga following a shock exit from the Copa America at the group stages.
Brazil were hoping to win the trophy in its centenary edition, which would have been a major boost to the national team’s low confidence levels at the moment. The last major tournament won by the national team was in fact the Copa America back in 2007. Since then, Brazil have suffered numerous disappointments at tournaments like the World Cup with the most recent one coming in 2014.
The disastrous World Cup 2014 resulted in Dunga coming in for a second term as the national team boss. Results have not been promising in the last two years and this culminated in a shock exit from the Copa America at the group stages. Many were expecting Brazil to be competing in the final stages for the trophy itself, but the team finished third in the group of four teams after having taken only one win. Tite is a veteran coach in Brazilian football and he has won numerous trophies especially with Corinthians. He has just left a third spell with the Brazilian outfit in order to join the national team.
“It’s official! Tite is the coach of the Brazilian national team. On Monday afternoon Adenor Leonardo Bacchi was officially presented as the new commander of Canarinho,” said a statement on the official national team’s website. “Now the time has come, I understood that I should accept being coach of the Brazilian national team and that should be part of my career. It’s a personal goal and perhaps my best professional moment,” Tite said reflecting on the appointment. Tite’s appointment is surprising considering that he favours substance over style, which is not Brazil’s philosophy.