Under interim coach Ramon Menezes, promoted from the Under-20s, Brazil began their new cycle with a 2-1 defeat by Morocco, the surprise World Cup in Qatar, where they finished fourth .
The Seleçao, in which the Romanist Ibanez played from the start in central defense, was full of rookies (Andrey Santos, the just 18-year-old Vitor Roque, Arthur, Rony, Raphael Veiga and Yuri Alberto), a sign that the renewal has begun , but now we need to find a 'true' coach.
The first to think it, and now also to say it, is the president of the football federation (Cbf) Ednaldo Rodrigues, who is convinced, like many of his compatriots, of the fact that to make the Seleçao return to the top of the world already in 2026, a coach is needed foreigner.
The name on everyone's lips is that of Carlo Ancelotti,
which in reality has already been chosen by the top management of the CBF.
Now all we have to do is wait and see how it ends with Real Madrid, who at the end of the season, despite the contract still being valid for one year, could part ways with the coach with whom they won the Champions League less than a year ago and then also the Club World Cup.
The CBF wants Ancelotti, but the choice of football managers is shared by two hundred million Brazilians: "wherever I go in Brazil - the words of Rodrigues quoted by 'O Globo' - the first thing every fan asks me about him, Ancelotti. And everyone they talk about it with affection. Now we just have to hope in God and wait for the right moment".
It couldn't be clearer than that, even if it is always good to take precautions in case the Emilian coach, who would become the first foreign coach in the history of the Seleçao, is confirmed in Madrid.
Thus in the list of Rodrigues, who would like to announce the new coach by the end of May, there is also, at n.
2, the name of José Mourinho, and then those of the other Portuguese Jorge Jesùs, currently at Fenerbahce but who won everything in Rio with Flamengo, and a Brazilian coach,
Fernando Diniz of Fluminense.
But each of them comes after Ancelotti.
After the declarations of love from several players from within the Selecao, Rodrigues was clear: "He is unanimously respected by the players, not only by Ronaldo Fenomeno and Vinicius - explained the No. 1 of the CBF -, but by all those who they were coached by him. I also admire him a lot, for his honesty and for the constancy of his way of working. He needs no introduction, he is a great coach. He has achieved many successes and I hope he can achieve more. And then Ancelotti is not only the favorite of the players, but also of the 'torcida'".
For now there have been no official contacts, Rodrigues admitted, "because we have our own ethics and we respect existing contracts (such as Ancelotti's with Real, ed.).