The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced on Wednesday that Dorival Junior, a Copa Libertadores and Brazilian Cup winner while managing Flamengo, has been elected the new coach of Brazil.
The five-time world champions will be headed by the 61-year-old after a rocky period following their 2022 World Cup departure due to a penalty shootout loss to Croatia, which resulted in coach Tite’s dismissal.
Prior to Fernando Diniz’s temporary appointment as Brazil’s Under-20 coach last year, Ramon Menezes oversaw the team.
On Friday, Diniz was fired, one day after Ednaldo Rodrigues, who had been fired in early December by the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice, was reinstalled as the chairman of the CBF.
Dorival was the front-runner to replace Rodrigues, who had intended to appoint Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti, but he chose to extend his Real Madrid contract after the negotiations broke down.
“Dorival Junior is the new coach of the men’s national team.
“He will be presented at a news conference this Thursday at the CBF headquarters in Rio de Janeiro,” the CBF said in a statement.
Before joining Sao Paulo, who announced his departure on Sunday, Dorival, who has coached Atletico Mineiro, Atletico Paranaense, Internacional, Vasco da Gama, Fluminense, and Palmeiras, guided Flamengo to the Copa Libertadores and Copa do Brasil in 2022.
With two victories in six games and three losses, Brazil’s terrible start to South American World Cup qualifying has left them sixth in the standings.