Wednesday, September 27

The chairman of Brazil’s soccer confederation, Ednaldo Rodrigues, has recently announced that Carlo Ancelotti, currently the coach for Real Madrid, is set to take the helm of the Brazilian national team at the Copa America next year. Ancelotti, a four-time Champions League winner as a coach, is highly respected and has built strong relationships with Brazilian players at Madrid, including Rodrygo, Eder Militão, and Vinicius Jr. Although he hasn’t publicly confirmed the deal, the internal pressure to bring on a foreign coach has increased following recent World Cup disappointments.

Ancelotti’s appointment is seen as a significant move for Brazil, a nation that has not had a non-Brazilian full-time coach in its history. The decision to bring Ancelotti onboard comes as part of a broader strategy to rejuvenate the team after a series of less-than-stellar performances on the global stage. Ancelotti’s experience and rapport with several key Brazilian players are expected to bring a fresh approach to the team.

The plan, according to executives at the Brazilian soccer confederation, is for Ancelotti to join the team after his contract with Real Madrid concludes in 2024. He will then guide the team through the Copa America held in the USA from June 20 to July 14, before preparing them for the 2026 World Cup. This strategic move is seen as a commitment to long-term success and stability for the Brazilian national team.

In the interim period before Ancelotti takes over, Fernando Diniz will serve as Brazil’s coach until July next year. However, the focus remains firmly on Ancelotti and the potential transformation he can bring to the Brazilian team. His successful track record, combined with his familiarity with Brazilian talent, makes him a promising choice to steer Brazil back to their peak performance in international football.

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