Who will be the permanent coach of Brazil after Ancelotti's 'stepping down'?
|Carlo Ancelotti head Coach of Real Madrid CF looks on prior the game the LaLiga EA Sports match between Deportivo Alaves and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Mendizorroza on December 21, 2023 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain(Image-Getty)
Lightning without a cloud? There was some 'cloud', but there would be 'thunder'—what was that prediction? probably not The news of Carlo Ancelotti renewing his contract with Real Madrid yesterday was a thunderbolt for Brazil fans. Of course, it is not that the matter could not be fixed at all. Rumors were spreading in the Spanish media for some time that this Italian coach will renew the contract with Real instead of taking responsibility for Brazil. But how many such rumors are heard. Former Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) president Ednaldo Rodríguez has repeatedly confirmed Ancelotti's takeover. But the day has changed. After Ednaldo Rodríguez stepped down from the position of the president on the orders of the court, the dice with Ancelotti gradually changed!
Ancelotti will become Brazil coach after his current contract at Real expires in June 2024, Brazilian media reported earlier via CBF sources. In other words, Ancelotti will be Brazil's coach from the 2024 Copa America - this calculation was further confirmed by news agency AFP. They also announced last July that Ancelotti will take charge of Brazil from the Copa America and Fernando Diniz will be the interim coach until then. But Ancelotti has dashed the Brazilian's hopes by renewing his contract with Real. The CBF will therefore have to scramble to find a permanent coach. Meaning, if Diniz is not given a permanent appointment, the process of finding a coach will have to start all over again. Qatar have been searching for a permanent coach since Brazil were knocked out in the World Cup quarter-finals last December. Tite resigned as Brazil coach after that loss to Croatia.
Before Brazil dreamed of Ancelotti, many other names were discussed as a permanent coach. Al Hilal coach Jorge Jesus, Palmeiras' Abel Ferreira and now interim coach Diniz have all been mentioned. After Ancelotti's 'no', who can Brazil choose as a permanent coach? The country's media "O Globo" has published the names of some of those possible. Let's know about them
Born in Portugal. After his playing career, he started coaching in 2011. Palmeiras has won 9 titles since taking over as coach in 2020. In 2020 and 2021, they won the Copa Libertadores, the title of excellence in South American club football. Apart from that, the Brazilian has won the Serie A twice. Abel Ferreira is considered by many to be the front-runner to become Brazil's permanent coach after his impressive run in Palmeiras.
Ferreira was previously rumored to be the coach of Brazil. Last November, Ferreira—still Brazil's coach—was asked at a press conference whether he wanted to become Brazil's coach. Ferreira then vowed to keep his promise to Palmeiras.
He was also born in Portugal. This 69-year-old coach is now in charge of Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. Jesus made history as Flamengo coach in 2019. In addition to winning the Copa Libertadores, Flamengo won the Brazilian championship, setting a record for the most points. Jesus is still seen as one of the most likely to take charge of the Brazil national team after his great success for the Brazilian club four years ago.
O Globo reported that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has a conservative attitude towards Jesus. However, CBF never dropped him from the list of potential coaches. In June this year, the CBF announced a 'Plan B' after naming Ancelotti as first choice. If Ancelotti does not turn up, the CBF has put Jesus on the list of other candidates for the coach's position. However, this Portuguese coach is not so popular in Brazil. Jesus is also doing very well in Al Hilal. His performance is the best among the coaches.
Fluminense head coach Fernando Diniz gestures during the FIFA Club World Cup Final between Manchester City and Fluminense at King Abdullah Sports City on December 22, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia(Image-Getty)
His name comes first as the permanent coach of Brazil. According to O Globo, Diniz is the closest person in the race to take over the national team permanently. One of the reasons for this is that he is currently the interim coach of the Brazilian national team. CBF gave him the responsibility while waiting for Ancelotti. The Fluminense coach won the Copa Libertadores this year but lost to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the Club World Cup final. He is called 'Brazilian Guardiola' due to the similarity in playing techniques.
However, Diniz did not openly say anything about his desire to become the permanent coach of Brazil, 'It is better to wait for what the CBF does. I have no idea about it.
Diniz, however, has not yet had much success as the interim coach of the Brazilian national team. They are winless in four consecutive matches. The success rate is 38.9 percent. However, Brazilian national team players like Diniz. Some players older than Neymar have praised him before. Lui Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup, also praised the Brazilian.