After Dunga ended his second stint as Brazil coach, once again unsuccessfully, Brazilian Football Confederation confirmed that former Corinthians boss Adenor Leonardo Bacchi Tite will be new coach. Dunga was sacked last week after the Selecao were eliminated in the first round of Copa America for the first time since 1987.
Brazil failed to reach quarterfinals out of Group B as Peru and Ecuador advanced. Early elimination happened one year after defeat on penalties to Paraguay eliminated them from Copa America 2015 in the quarterfinals and two years since their 7-1 debacle against Germany in the World Cup semifinals at home.
Dunga, who took over Selecao after World Cup 2006 and managed to get them only to quarterfinals of World Cup 2010 after which he was sacked, returned in July 2014 to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari following the infamous 7-1 defeat to Germany in Belo Horizonte. Dunga led Brazil to 13 straight friendly wins but managed only four victories in 13 competitive matches.
55-year-old Tite has made his reputation as Brazil’s best coach after taking his former club Corinthians to six major trophies in two stints with the club from Sao Paulo, including the club’s first ever Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup titles in 2012.
In that 2012 Tite’s reputation was at the highest point after leading Corinthians to Copa Libertadores title and as he followed it up by beating Chelsea in FIFA Club World Cup finals, Tite was firm favorite to be named new Brazil coach after Mano Menezes was sacked by Brazilian Football Confederation. But he was overlooked in favor of 2002 World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari. Tite finally got his chance four years later.
Corinthians fans gave him emotional send-off before their 3-1 league win over Botafogo last weekend with a message that he’ll now has entire Brazil or 200 million fans behind him. Former Brazil international Cristovao Borges replaced Tite at Corinthians.
Dunga was planned to lead Brazil’s U-23 squad at Olympic Games at home in Rio de Janeiro but the hunt for gold medal on home soil now falls into Under-20 coach Rogerio Micale hands while Tite will take charge of the senior squad for the first time when FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying continues in September.
As of this moment Brazil, the only country to have played at every FIFA World Cup so far, sit bellow the qualification spots in CONMEBOL’s qualifications – they are currently sixth after just two wins from six matches.