Following Tite resignation after Brazil’s substandard elimination from the 2022 World Cup, the country has begun looking for a new manager. Recently, it has been revealed that Zinedine Zidane reportedly meets all the requirements set out by the Brazilian Football Federation.
Bookies have made Brazil favorites for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after their 4-1 win over South Korea. However, Croatia forced a penalty shoot-out and eventually prevailed over the Seleçao in the quarter-finals, thanks in large part to the heroics of goalscorer Dominik Livakovic.
After Neymar scored the opening goal of the game in the first half of extra time, it looked like Tite and his players would easily eliminate the Checkered Ones. But at the end of extra time, the 2018 world runners-up scored an equaliser. Despite winning more men’s World Cups than any other country, Canarinho were knocked out in the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year.
The majority of the audience was made up of Brazilians and they brought their warmth, passion and captivating music to the game. But when the final buzzer sounded, there was no samba, no drums and tambourines; instead groups of CBF supporters dispersed into the night, carrying a palpable sense of loss.
Brazil aim to replace Tite with Zinedine Zidane after World Cup disappointment
After the dispiriting elimination from the 2022 World Cup, Brazil’s national team manager Tite said he will be stepping down. After the loss to Croatia, the 61-year-old announced the decision that had been widely speculated around since before the tournament began. After 81 matches, he exited with a 60-21 win-loss record.
Now, the Brazilians need to fill a spot on the bench. As a result, the French media have speculated that former France national team player and current free agent manager, Zinedine Zidane may be the perfect candidate to fill the open managerial position. Since his departure from Real Madrid in May 2021, Zidane has been often linked to a variety of managerial positions, notably those with Les Bleus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United before the appointment of Erik ten Hag.
According to the French publication L’Equipe, the 50-year-old boss has now surfaced as a prospective alternative for Tite. The report claims that Zidane satisfies all the CBF criteria since he is both a foreigner and a free agent with an extensive managerial history. They do note, though, that everything hangs on Didier Deschamps’ decision on his future with France.
Zidane would be the most likely contender to replace Deschamps as manager of Les Blues if the latter were to step down. In addition, the boss formerly commanded many Brazilian national team members at Real Madrid, including Vinicius, Eder Militao, and Casemiro. Zidane has a chance of becoming the first non-local coach of the Seleção since the Argentine Filpo Nunez in 1965.