Ex-Middlesbrough player Juninho Paulista uncertain over Brazil role after defeat

As reported by O Dia, the position of Brazilian national team technical co-ordinator Juninho Paulista is also in doubt after coach Tite left his role with the team after the shock exit from the World Cup.

The former Middlesbrough midfielder is part of the national team’s backroom staff and, despite not giving an interview since the defeat, has admitted that, after Tite’s resignation, he could also leave his position with the Brazilian football federation looking to overhaul the teams’ staff with the 2026 World Cup in mind. Tite’s assistants Matheus Bachi and Cléber Xavier will leave while fellow former international César Sampaio, also part of the technical team, could be removed too.

Brazil took the lead in extra time in their quarter-final with Croatia in Qatar but conceded a late equaliser before Marquinhos of PSG and Real Madrid forward Rodrygo failed from the spot allowing Croatia to qualify for the semi-finals. Juninho played 58 times for his country, scoring five goals, between 1995 and 2003.


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