KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The identity of the man to lift the Brazilian national team from its post-World Cup depression will be named by the country’s football confederation on Tuesday – and he will be Brazilian.
Newly-appointed national teams co-ordinator Gilmar Rinaldi has confirmed that the CBF has not been tempted or panicked into taking the revolutionary step of bringing in a foreign coach. There had been highly fanciful talk of trying to prise Jose Mourinho away from Chelsea after the World Cup debacle.
Brazil, under Luiz Felipe Scolari, suffered the worst defeat in their history when they collapsed 7-1 to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals in Belo Horizonte; then they suffered a second consecutive defeat for the first time since the early 1940s in falling 3-0 to Holland in the third place play-off.
Scolari, under whom Brazil had won the World Cup in 2002, resigned two days later along with his national teams’ co-ordinator Carlos Alberto Parreira.
The CBF also dispensed with media director Rodrigo Paiva, a close confidante of Scolari down the years but who had been suspended by FIFA at the World Cup after a tunnel clash with Chile forward Mauricio Pinilla drew a red card from referee Howard Webb at half-time during Brazil’s second round shootout win.
Jose Maria Marin, outgoing CBF president, last week named one-time goalkeeper and later players’ agent Rinaldi as new co-ordinator with a brief to find a new national coach as soon as possible.
Rinaldi, who has insisted that he has now ceased to be a player agent, appears to have succeeded with an announcement that the new man will be named on Tuesday.
An early favourite was Muricy Ramalho, coach of Sao Paulo and formerly boss of – among others – Botafogo, Internacional PA, Palmeiras. Another leading contender is Dunga, World Cup-winning captain in 1994 then manager of the team who did not even reach the last four in 2010; they were knocked out by Holland in the quarter-finals in South Africa.
A statement from the CBF said: “The president of the CBF, Jose Maria Marin, will present the new coach of the Brazilian national team at a news conference at 11 am this Tuesday.”
Rinaldi added: “I do not believe that this is the right time [to bring in a foreign coach]. We are looking within our own ‘home’ with all its strengths and weaknesses.”
The new man will have little time in which to tinker with selection and tactics. Brazil play the Copa America next summer and then will be expected – once again! – by home fans to win the Olympic football ghold medal for the first time in their history in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.