Sao Paulo Boss Dorival Junior To Coach Brazil: Club
Rio de Janeiro, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Jan, 2024) Sao Paulo FC boss Dorival Junior will be the new coach of the Brazilian national team, the club said Sunday, after Fernando Diniz was fired from the five-time world champions following a string of losses.
"It's a personal dream come true," the 2023 Copa do Brasil-winning coach said in a statement posted by Sao Paulo on X, formerly Twitter, after days of speculation he would be named to take over struggling Brazil.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) did not immediately confirm the announcement.
Dorival, 61, coached Flamengo to two major titles in 2022 -- the Copa do Brasil and Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of Europe's Champions League -- before joining Sao Paulo, where he continued to rack up trophies.
The CBF has meanwhile been embroiled in a messy legal battle over its leadership that saw its president, Ednaldo Rodrigues, ousted from the job by a court ruling in December, only to be reinstated by a Supreme Court judge last week.
Fans had hoped his style, which focuses on improvisation and creativity, would restore the thrilling "samba football" Brazil are famous for, after the disappointment of two straight World Cup quarter-final exits under longtime coach Tite.
But Diniz, who remained coach of Fluminense, largely failed to replicate the attacking brilliance he has installed there, triggering criticism that splitting his time between the club and national team was too much.
Dorival, a nephew of legendary Palmeiras midfielder Dudu, comes with a vastly different style.
"He's the Brazilian Pep Guardiola," midfielder Thiago Maia, who played under Dorival at Santos, has said.
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