The Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti will take over as coach of the Brazilian National Team from the Copa América in 2024said Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), on Tuesday.

Ancelotti will coach Brazil

Ancelotti, 64, will be the first foreigner to direct the ‘Seleção’ in almost six decades.

The arrival of ‘Carletto’ will materialize in mid-2024, when he is expected to make his debut at the helm of the Brazilian team in the Copa América in the United States (June 20-July 14), once his current contract with Real Madrid expires. Madrid, according to Ednaldo Rodrigues, president of the CBF.

Until then, the Brazilian Fernando Diniz, current coach of Fluminense from Rio de Janeiro, will lead Brazil on Fifa datesas officially announced on Tuesday by the CBF.

Diniz, 49, will lead the Brazilians in their debut in the South American qualifier for the World Cup between the United States, Mexico and Canada-2026, against Bolivia and Peru in September.

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The Ancelotti project

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid coach.


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The signing of Ancelotti is a bet by the CBF to try to put an end to more than two decades without winning the highest football trophythe last in South Korea and Japan-2002.

The Italian coach will guide the ‘Canarinha’ on the road to the 2026 World Cup, where the five-time champions will seek to win the elusive sixth world title.

The loss in the quarterfinals against Croatia in Qatar-2022, where the ‘Seleção’ arrived as a favourite, was the last setback for the team then coached by Tite (2016-2023).

The world football power suffered humiliations in recent years, such as the historic 7-1 win against Germany in the semifinals of the World Cup that it organized in 2014, and saw its archrivals, Argentina, crowned champion in the Arab country.

(You can read: Millionaires, sanctioned for what happened in the final vs. Nacional: the punishment of the champion).The string of setbacks and controversies by some of its stars, such as Neymar, has distanced Brazilians from their national team in recent years.

With the idea of ​​reconciling the people with the team, the president of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues, set out to sign a coach whose figure did not admit of debate.

Although it will be his first experience as a national team coach (he was assistant to Arrigo Sacchi in Italy that lost the 1994 World Cup final to Brazil), the background of ‘Il Mister’ is indisputable.

He has won 26 titles in three decades of career as DTincluding the records of having won four European Champions Leagues and the five main European leagues (Germany, Spain, France, England and Italy).

Ancelotti’s excellent group management can be a powerful weapon to seduce ‘Ney’ and make Brazil shine again.

“He has that ability to manage players, to make everyone happy and converge different interests in the same direction”
said Kaká, whom he managed at AC Milan and saw him win the Ballon d’Or in 2007, the last one won by a Brazilian.

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A foreigner at the helm of Brazil

Carlo Ancelotti, Everton manager.

The arrival of Ancelotti, in Brazil’s sights since before the Qatari competition, breaks an unwritten law: that a local must be on the bench of the ‘Seleção’.

‘Carletto’ will be the fourth foreigner in command of the cast that Pelé immortalized and the first in 58 years.

The other foreigners had fleeting steps. The last one had been the Argentine Filpo Núñez, for the time coach of Palmeiras, on September 7, 1965.

The Brazilian Sports Confederation, predecessor of the CBF, paid ‘Verdão’ for Núñez and his team to represent the team in a friendly against Uruguay (3-0 for ‘Canarinha’). Since then and until the Copa América in 2024, only Portuguese has been spoken in the Brazilian coach’s office.

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