Brazil’s exit from the 2022 World Cup marked the end of an era for long-serving head coach Tite.
A quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Croatia led to much criticism of his tactics at home in Brazil, as Neymar’s wonder goal in extra time was not enough to advance to the semi-finals.
However, the expected changes are yet to materialize as the Brazilian Football Federation takes its time to name Tite’s successor, with a potential reshuffle of the squad under the new head coach.
Brazil match schedule 2023
While competitive matches already started in Europe, Africa, and North America in 2023, South America will only resume with its first qualifying competition in September.
For that reason, Brazil have only played three friendly matches since the end of the 2022 World Cup, falling to Morocco before beating African opponents Guinea and Senegal.
New captain Casemiro scored a consolation goal as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at World Cup semifinalists Morocco on March 25.
Below are the international friendlies Brazil has scheduled this year, plus confirmed 2026 World Cup qualification matches for Brazil in 2023:
|March 25, 2023||Morocco||Away||Friendly||2-1 Loss|
|Sat, June 17||Guinea||Home||Friendly||4-1 Win|
|Tue, June 20||Senegal||Home||Friendly||4-2 Win|
|Fri, Sept 8||Bolivia||Home||World Cup qualifying|
|Tue, Sept 12||Peru||Away||World Cup qualifying|
|TBD (Oct. 2023)||Venezuela||Home||World Cup qualifying|
|TBD (Oct. 2023)||Uruguay||Away||World Cup qualifying|
|TBD (Nov. 2023)||Colombia||Away||World Cup qualifying|
|TBD (Nov. 2023)||Argentina||Home||World Cup qualifying|
When do CONMEBOL 2026 World Cup qualifiers start?
CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez confirmed that qualifying for the 2026 World Cup will begin in September 2023.
Provisional dates suggest a 10-month break between blocks of matches, from November 2023 to September 2024, a gap during which the 2024 Copa America will be played.
Who is Brazil manager?
The departure of Tite ended the reign of Brazil longest-serving national team manager, with the former Corinthians head coach having led the team since 2016.
In those six years, he secured qualification for two World Cups, but failed to win a major trophy, which ultimately led to his exit.
Speculation over who will eventually take Tite’s place continues to build with Brazilian federation president Ednaldo admitting his first-choice option is Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti’s connection with Los Blancos’ Brazilian contingent has only added to the rumours over a move, with his future in Madrid under pressure. But a potential move to take over Brazil would not be made until at least June.
In the interim, Brazil Under-20 head coach Ramon Menezes has been promoted to take interim caretaker, and he will remain in place until a new manager is brought in.