The position of head coach of the Brazilian national team is still vacant

After each World Cup, the heads of most national team coaches traditionally fly. And then local functionaries begin to actively create, hoping to change the alignment of forces on the football chessboard in their favor. The World Cup in Qatar was no exception.

The Brazilian national team at the start of the main tournament of the four years was called the main contender for the cup. But the team, which for the past six years was led by Tite, stumbled in the 1/4 finals and a penalty shootout. The head coach could not help but resign, and on the same day. For the Seleçao, the match against the Croats was indeed a “painful defeat”, as Tite put it. Five-time world champions and one of only two teams to win the World Cup twice in a row, of course, expected more. Moreover, the last gold of the Brazilians happened already in 2002 and since then they have not been able to take this height again. So far, the main achievement of the “pentacampeons” over the past 20 years remains the fourth place at the 2014 World Cup.

Not surprisingly, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) decided to take this problem seriously and approach it from a different angle. Experts from other countries were rarely invited to mentors “canarinho”. To be more precise, only three times in the history of the national team. Now the leadership of CBF decided to try their luck, including in Europe. As it has recently become known, among the candidates for the vacant position of head coach of the Pentacampeons are José Mourinho, who, due to conflicts with the management of Roma, is thinking of leaving the club this summer; Fernando Diniz, who currently heads the Brazilian Fluminense; Carlo Ancelotti, ready to leave Real Madrid at the end of the season if all his demands are met in Brazil and Luis Enrique is unemployed for the time being.

Despite the fact that after the departure of the Spanish national team in the 1/8 finals of the World Cup in Qatar, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) did not renew the contract with Luis Enrique, who led the Red Fury since 2018 and brought it to the final of the League of Nations, for Brazil, Enrique is a priority option. Brazilian Football Confederation President Ednaldo Rodriguez plans to meet the Spaniard in person this week during his trip to Europe (where he will apparently be on business for former captain and long-term leader of the national team Dani Alves, who seems to be stuck in Catalonia for a long time). According to local media, CBF management is ready to offer Lucho a contract until 2026. If this happens, a truly interesting tandem awaits us. And although Enrique, after his resignation, said that he was taking a break until next season, and then he plans only club work, leading five-time world champions is an interesting challenge. Certainly more interesting than moving from his throne the long-term mentor of Atlético Madrid, where Luis has been actively invited over the past few months. Moreover, in the Spanish championship, Enrique, who has won nine trophies with Barcelona, ​​including the victory in the Champions League, should already be bored. By the way, the Canarinho legend Ronaldo, who a few years ago became the owner of the Spanish club Real Valladolid, acts as an intermediary in the negotiations between Lucho and the Brazilian Football Confederation.

The only one who is currently extremely negative about the candidacy of Luis Enrique as a coach of the Brazilian national team is Luis Felipe Scolari – in fact, the main “culprit” of the victory of the Brazilian national team at the 2002 World Cup, as well as the “gold” of the 2013 Confederations Cup . And his opinion will have weight.

– What did he win? He is called a very good coach, but he lost everything, – the former head coach of the Brazilian national team said the other day, commenting on the possible appointment of the Spaniard. “But Mourinho won,” Scolari added. So the alignment of forces in the struggle for the opportunity to lead the “pentacampeons” is approximately understandable. Moreover, the “Special” has ambitions to try himself in the national team – in December, Mourinho almost agreed to become the head coach of the Portuguese national team, but something did not work out.

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