According to a source from the Brazilian Football Federation on Tuesday Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti will take over as head coach of Brazil’s national team for Copa America in 2024. Fernando Diniz has been appointed head coach of Brazil’s national team on a 12-month term that will conclude when Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid expires.
Brazil has been seeking a new coach for their senior squad since the dismissal of former coach Tite following the country’s early withdrawal from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when they were defeated by 2018 World Cup losing finalists Croatia. The former AC Milan and Chelsea coach will become the first foreigner to coach Brazil in almost sixty years.
Carlo Ancelotti as a coach
With his latest success at Real Madrid in the 2021-22 season, Ancelotti became the first manager in history to win the coveted UEFA Champions League four times. The Madrid giants mounted one spectacular comeback on their route to a record 14th UCL title. The experienced Italian manager won the highest European championship twice, once with AC Milan and once with Real Madrid.
Ancelotti also guided Los Blancos to the La Liga title in 2021-22, making him the first manager to win domestic league titles in all five of Europe’s top leagues. He won the Serie A with AC Milan, the Premier League with Chelsea, the Ligue 1 championship with PSG, the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, and the La Liga title with Real Madrid.
Ramon Menezes has been in charge of the team since on an interim basis. The CBF had earlier issued a statement saying that Diniz would be in charge of the team for the coming year. The CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues in a video statement, “Fernando Diniz will lead the Brazilian team for a year, and I’m sure he will do it with great competence, as always during his professional career.”
The 49-year-old will be in charge of six South American qualifying games for the 2026 World Cup, including matches against Argentina and Uruguay. Brazil will begin their qualifying campaign in September, hosting Bolivia before travelling to Peru.