As reported by Brazilian outlet O Dia, support is growing for the Brazilian football federation to pick a foreign coach to succeed the now departed Tite following Brazil’s shock exit from the World Cup in Qatar to Croatia on penalties.
In 110 years of international footballing history, foreign coaches have been rare for Brazil. Filpo Núñez, an Argentine also in charge of Brazil club side Palmeiras, took charge of two friendlies in 1965 while Portuguese coach Joreca took over for a pair of games with Uruguay in the 1940s after Uruguayan coach Ramón Platero ran the team for a short while back in 1925. Otherwise, Brazil have never had a foreign coach.
However, poor results against European teams are changing attitudes in the country given that Brazil’s last knockout stage victory over a European nation was the 2002 final win over Germany two decades ago.
In the frame, say the outlet, before CDF president Ednaldo Rodrigues makes a call in January, are Portuguese coaches such as Abel Ferreira of Palmeiras and Luís Castro of Botafogo, as well as Jorge Jesus, currently at Fenerbahce. Brazilian coach Fernando Diniz of Fluminense could also be an option. The appointment of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is seen as an “impossible dream” by the outlet, however.