Brazil hires Diniz as national team coach for 1 year, waits for Ancelotti

Sao Paulo, July 5 (BNA): Fernando Diniz has been hired as the coach of the Brazilian national team, on a 12-month contract that will expire with the expiration of Carlo Ancelotti’s contract with Real Madrid.

CBF executives have indicated the intention is to wait a season and then bring in Ancelotti, the 64-year-old Italian coach, to lead the team to the 2026 World Cup, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

Fluminense coach Diniz, 49, will keep his job at the Rio de Janeiro club and join Brazil only in the South American World Cup qualifiers. Taking over is Brazil U-20 coach Ramon Menezes, who led the team to friendlies this year on an interim basis, losing two out of three matches.

Diniz, who has been praised by Brazil’s stars in recent years including Neymar and Thiago Silva, will be introduced at a press conference on Wednesday at the CBF headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.

“It is a dream for everyone and a great honor and pride to work with the national team,” Deniz said in a video statement, wearing a Brazilian jersey. “It is a joint operation between the Brazilian Football Confederation and Fluminense. I am convinced that we have everything to take this operation and make it work.”


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