Tite, the coach whose goal is the sixth Cup for Brazil in the Qatar 2022 World Cup

With hands of silk, dedication of a monk and not a little resistance, Tite returned the aura to a ‘Seleção’ that had become very earthy and, in Qatar, will seek the sixth world title to bid farewell to Brazil.

“I won everything in my career, I just need the World Cup,” said the 61-year-old coach, when he announced in February that he would leave the five-time champions once the World Cup was over.

The notice seemed to have a liberating effect on Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, his real name, since then he no longer hid his great goal: to bury the twenty-year drought of the ‘Canarinha’ without winning the highest soccer trophy.

The numbers are on the side of this gray-haired man with a philosophical discourse to get excited about the hexa, although his game does not seduce many fans and old glories, who consider him “retranqueiro” (ultra-defensive), despite the fact that his team has scored 166 goals in 76 games (he received 27).

How are the numbers of Tite, coach of the Brazilian team, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

Since taking office on June 20, 2016, Tite has achieved 57 wins, 14 draws and 5 losses, two of them in official and very painful games: against Belgium (2-1) in the quarterfinals of Russia-2018 and against Argentina in Lionel Messi (1-0), in the final of the Copa América-2021, no less than in the Maracana.

A Qatar qualified as the undefeated leader of the South American qualifier with a record score (45 points in 17 matches).

“He is one of the best coaches in Brazil, without a doubt. Although the team is not like that of other times, it is respected and a strong candidate for the title,” Dirceu Lopes, a former Brazilian international between 1967 and 1975, told AFP.

How has the process been for Tite, Brazil coach for the 2022 Qatar World Cup?

The lanky ‘Gaúcho’ coach took the reins of a ‘scratch’ wounded in his pride after the 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinal of Brazil-2014, when it was directed by Luiz Felipe Scolari.

The beating was followed by another historical humiliation: guided by Dunga, Brazil was eliminated in the first round of the Copa América Centenario-2016, a situation not seen since Argentina-1987.

Then this former flyer appeared in the ‘green-yellow’ panorama, which had a modest trajectory in short films.

From the beginning, he opted for a balance between defense and attack, the formula that at the command of Corinthians, Internacional and Gremio It allowed him to conquer everything within the reach of a Brazilian club manager: Brasileirao, Copa do Brasil, Libertadores, Sudamericana, Recopa Sudamericana and Club World Cup (2012, last raised by a South American cast).

He surrounded himself with assistants as or more scholars than he, including his son Matheus Bachi.
He won the Copa América-2019 and led a generational change: in the call for the last two friendlies, against Ghana and Tunisia in September, only nine of the World Cup players were in Russia.

Without the big names of yesteryear, he made ‘Ney’ his cornerstone, even shielding him from his numerous controversies. The ’10’ responded with goals and assists, giving the image at times of a “Neymar-dependence”.

“I never saw in anyone the power of extraction that he has: he extracts the best from each one (…), from the prop man to Neymar. That’s magical. It creates an atmosphere of giant respect,” the experienced Dani Alves told the UOL Esportes portal.

Despite the backing of the statistics and recent performances that give hope, his ‘Seleção’ hovers over the question of how he will behave when he faces heavyweight Europeans, with whom he has not had any experience since Russia.

“What’s the use of scoring five against Tunisia, beating South Korea if we don’t know how our main rivals for the title play?” wrote former midfielder Paulo Cezar Caju, world champion with Brazil in 1970.

“Our last four eliminations (in World Cups) were against Europeans: France, Holland, Germany and Belgium,” he recalled in his column in Placar magazine.

With whom will Brazil share a group in the Qatar 2022 World Cup?

In Group G, they will have to face two teams from Europe, Serbia and Switzerland, as well as Cameroon. The debut will be on November 24 against the Serbs.

But Tite seems unmoved by questions and criticism, some of them launched by supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro due to his support for anticovid vaccines.

“I don’t represent everyone and there will be someone who will do badly for me. Just like so many others, they don’t represent me, because of their role model or behavior,” he told the Globo newspaper.

He said he felt “at peace” due, in part, to the consolidation of new blood in the ‘Canarinha’, which he joined after the debacle in the Copa América: the wingers Vinicius Jr, Antony and Raphinha.

Also, to the good walk of ‘Ney’ at Paris Saint Germain, who is backed by a solid defense led by players he trusts like Thiago Silva, Marquinhos and Casemiro.

“It’s the best moment” for the team, said Tite, who aspires to continue his career in Europe. “Whether we are going to win the World Cup or not is another story.”

Tite, the coach whose goal is the sixth Cup for Brazil in the Qatar 2022 World Cup