Why Ancelotti comes to Brazil without solving Italy's problems, questioned the President of the country
Last year, after Brazil's farewell from the quarter-finals of the Qatar World Cup, coach Tite was replaced. Then the drama began with the appointment of a new coach for the team. It was heard at that time that there was a buzz to appoint a foreign coach for the five-time world champions. Both sides were involved in the debate over hiring a foreign coach for Brazil. This dilemma lasted for more than six months. Ramon Menezes played the role of the interim coach for the Brazilian team.
It is still uncertain whether Carlo Ancelotti will be Brazil's next coach. There were rumors about when the Italian coach would leave Real Madrid and take charge of Brazil, but it remained speculation. Finally, on July 5th, Fernando Diniz took over as the interim coach of the Brazilian team. The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has also confirmed the news that Ancelotti will be the coach for Brazil in the 2024 Copa America.
However, there has been much criticism regarding Ancelotti becoming the coach of Brazil. Many have questioned whether Ancelotti will have any special impact on Brazil's performance in the Copa America. The biggest question raised about Ancelotti becoming the coach is by the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula has questioned why Ancelotti wants to come to Brazil without solving the problems in his own country, Italy.
The four-time world champion Italy could not qualify for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The country's World Cup journey stopped at the qualifying stage twice. Lula da Silva raised questions about Ancelotti becoming the coach of Brazil, mainly due to Italy's struggling situation in football. In an interview with SBT Channel, the President of Brazil said, "He [Ancelotti] was never Italy's coach. He cannot solve Italy's problems. They couldn't even qualify for the last World Cup."
Lula da Silva also talked about the crisis surrounding the appointment of the coach for the Brazilian team. Blaming the lack of mentally strong players, the President of Brazil stated, "The problem is not Diniz. Our real problem is the absence of mentally strong players in the team. We used to have fantastic players in our team before."
When Ancelotti takes charge next year, he will be Brazil's first foreign coach within 60 years. The latest foreign coach for Brazil was Argentine Felipe Nunez. In 1965, he was responsible for coaching Brazil for a single match.