Ancelotti will coach Brazil's Copa America - The Hindu from 2024

Ancelotti will coach Brazil’s Copa America – The Hindu from 2024

Real Madrid’s Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti will become the first foreigner in nearly 60 years to coach the Brazil national team, the president of the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) said on July 4.

The 64-year-old Ancelotti has one season left on his contract with Real, which he says he would like to honour, and will take over Brazil in time for the Copa America, in the United States from June 2024.

The Brazilian federation had previously announced that Fluminense’s Fernando Diniz would take charge of the team for the coming year.

“This man (Diniz) is a coach who has a nice style of play,” said Ednaldo Rodriguez, president of the CBF. CNN Brazil.

“His style is similar to the coach who will take on the role in the Copa America, Ancelotti.”

The prize football-mad Brazil wants one of the most successful coaches in European football to present is a sixth World Cup trophy in 2026. It would be the first since 2002.

The 2022 edition was particularly tedious for the Brazilians as they exited the quarter-finals, beaten by Croatia, and their bitter continental rivals Argentina lifted the trophy.

Tite dropped the curtain on his six years at the helm following their elimination.

Ancelotti’s deal to take over Brazil comes after months of negotiations with Rodrigues, who had the Italian top of the list.

Ancelotti had said the Real job would be his last after almost 30 years as a coach, but one of the most glamorous and challenging jobs in football made him change his mind.

Brazil’s hierarchy said they were attracted not only by Ancelotti’s record of winning trophies, but also by his laid-back nature and his ability to develop close relationships with the players.

“We went after him not only because of his record, but also because he is a decent person,” Rodrigues recently told beIN Sports.

“Those who have worked with him say that he is open, civilized and that he appreciates Brazilian football.”

The one moment his love for Brazilian football was put on hold was when he was assistant coach to Arrigo Sacchi when Italy lost to Brazil on penalties in the 1994 World Cup final.

With Brazil, Ancelotti will have some familiar faces from Real Madrid.

Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Eder Militao were key players in his last spell at Real, resulting in six trophies.

“He is the best coach in the world,” said Vinicius, who has developed under Ancelotti and built a close relationship with the coach who supported the 22-year-old Brazilian when he was the target of racist abuse last season.

Ancelotti becomes the fourth non-Brazilian to coach Brazil. The last was the Argentinian Filpo Nunez who led one game in 1965.

Ancelotti won the Champions League twice with both AC Milan and Real Madrid.

He won national league titles with Real and Milan, in England with Chelsea, in Germany with Bayern Munich and in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Ramon Menezes has been in charge of the Brazilian team since Tite stepped down on an interim basis, but will now transfer to Diniz.

“Fernando Diniz will lead the Brazilian team for one year and I am sure he will do it with great competence, as always during his professional career,” Rodrigues said in a video statement.

Diniz, 49, will be in charge of the first six South American qualifiers for this year’s 2026 World Cup, including clashes with world champions Argentina and Uruguay.

“It is a dream, an honor and a huge pride to serve the national team,” said Diniz.

Brazil will begin their qualifying campaign in September at home to Bolivia and then away to Peru.

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