The news regarding Pep Guardiola’s interest in taking the now-vacant spot of Brazil’s NT coach seemingly touched not only the hearts of common Brazilians but also the talking heads at CBF as well. Lancenet reports that according to a close person in the works of CBF, Guardiola is first in the list of favored coaches to take the reins at the Seleção after Mano Menezes departure.
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More interesting news following the end of Mano Menezes’ tenure with the Seleção. The Brazilian media threw a lot of names around, from the now-government consultant in Sports Ministry Felipão to former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, but a surprising statement from the latter would put him ahead of everyone who has been cited by the pundits so far.
Well, that was unexpected. Most of you should be aware of it, but a few hours ago in this sunny Friday afternoon here in Brazil, most specifically in São Paulo’s State Federation of Football, CBF announced that Mano Menezes was fired from his position as Brazil’s national team coach.
Guys, you don’t know how hard I try not to be what some call a “Debbie Downer” when I speak about the Seleção. Unfortunately, they make my job so hard that I’m obliged to give you a point of view that is far from the pink filter most people involved in the CBF seem to use to see the world and Brazil NT performances.
Brazilian National Team: The Old Tale of Glorious Past, Horrifying Present and Worrisome Future – pt. 4
Mano Menezes had a good history on his back as well. Taking Grêmio in 2005 after the club’s relegation, he had the mission to bring the team back to its deserved position. The play-off match which brought Grêmio back to First Division was known as Batalha dos Aflitos and gained some attention from international media. In a game against Náutico where Grêmio lost 4 players with red cards and had 2 penalties against the team, Mano’s squad managed to grab a 1-0 win with an Anderson (now at Manchester United) goal.
Brazilian National Team: The Old Tale of Glorious Past, Horrifying Present and Worrisome Future – pt. 3
2010 wasn’t much different. The decision to bring Dunga, who hadn’t had any experience with coaching, to lead the Brazilian team to the World Cup found high levels of rejection. Dunga’s team also reflected his style when he was a player: rigid and defensive-minded, where discipline and concentration are a must and the most important aspect is the result. No matter how it comes. It was still pleasant to see some beautiful goals coming out of counter-attacks and long passes, in contrast to Spain style, of short passing and possession football.
I didn’t dedicate my time to elaborate on Brazil’s performances at the Olympics a few weeks ago because, sincerely, they were facing the easiest competition they’ve ever met in the history of the competition. Considering that both Uruguay and Spain went home earlier than expected, Brazil would have only themselves to fight against. And yet they failed.