Carlo Ancelotti has been named the new head coach of Brazil’s national team, but not for another year, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced on Tuesday evening. He will first complete his contract with Real Madrid and join the “seleção” at the Copa America in June 2024.
Ancelotti, 64, will be in charge of the national team for the first time in his coaching career, replacing Tite, who left the position after the quarter-final defeat to Croatia at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
For now, Fluminense head coach Diniz will be in charge, taking over from Brazil Under-20 manager Ramon Menezes, who lost two of three friendlies earlier this year as interim coach of the senior squad.
Diniz, 49, will keep his job at Fluminense and will only join Brazil for World Cup qualifiers. Ancelotti will then take over for Copa America 2024 and FIFA World Cup 2026.
The Italian will reunite with players he has already coached such as Vinicius Jr., Neymar Jr., Rodrygo, Eder Militao and more.
Carlo Ancelotti history
The closest Ancelotti came to coaching a national team was between 1992 and 1995, when he was an assistant to the legendary Italy manager Arrigo Sacchi.
Ancelotti was coming off an incredible career as an AC Milan player when he began his coaching cycle in charge of clubs such as the “Red and Blacks,” Real Madrid, Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain and more.
He will leave Real Madrid after two great tenures, during which he managed to win LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup and other important titles.
Ancelotti is now tasked with leading Brazil to a sixth World Cup victory, which would cement the Italian as one of the greatest head coaches in history.