Brazil may be the most successful nation in World Cup history, but they are vying for their first title in 20 years at the 2022 tournament in Qatar.
The Selecao come into this World Cup as one of the leading challengers, and are the highest-ranked national team competing.
The South American giants haven’t lost a game since July 2021 — a run of 15 matches undefeated.
Could this be the year Brazil become world champions for a sixth time? Their coach Tite will certainly be hoping so.
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Who is Brazil Coach Tite?
Brazil’s hopes of a sixth World Cup will rest largely on the shoulders of their coach, Tite.
The 61-year-old has been in charge of the Selecao since 2016 and has been coaching for over 30 years.
Prior to that, Tite played football as a midfielder in Brazil’s lower divisions, but his career was cut short due to injury and he never represented his nation as a player.
Tite’s coaching career began in earnest with Caxias — the club he made the most appearances for as a player.
He managed nearly exclusively at club level in Brazil, aside from two brief stints with sides in the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to being appointed Brazil boss, Tite oversaw over 300 games in charge of Corinthians, where he put together a strong record of success.
Tite was also at one stage mentored by former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
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Tite’s Brazil contract and salary
Having been in charge since 2016, Tite’s current contract with Brazil is set to expire after the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Brazil opted to hand Tite a four-year extension after the 2018 World Cup despite the side being knocked out in the quarterfinals.
According to Finance Football, Tite is earning an annual salary of $3.5million with Brazil, making him the fourth highest paid manager at the 2022 World Cup.
What is Tite’s coaching record with Brazil?
Despite a recent lack of silverware, Tite’s record as Brazil coach is impressive. Going into the 2022 World Cup, Brazil have lost just five of their 76 games under Tite.
The 61-year-old has a win percentage of exactly 75% with Brazil — the best of his coaching career.
Tite’s biggest win in charge of Selecao came in a friendly against Honduras in 2019 that saw his side triumph 7-0.
*Correct prior to FIFA 2022 World Cup.
Tite tactics and coaching style
Since becoming Brazil’s coach, Tite has primarily used a 4-2-3-1 formation but has also deployed a 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 at times.
Four of Tite’s five losses as Brazil manager to date have notably come when he opted to start matches with a more attacking 4-3-3 formation.
Tite likes his teams to press high but doesn’t demand his sides to transition with the same intensity.
In attack, Brazil like to play wide with wingers deployed practically on the sidelines with three players then left at the back as defensive cover.
Has Tite won a World Cup? Trophies won by Brazil coach
Tite is yet to win the FIFA World Cup, but he did win the FIFA Club World Cup with Corinthians in 2012 when they beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final.
With Brazil, he has won just one trophy so far, the 2019 Copa America.
Tite trophies won:
- Campeonato Gaucho – Segunda Divisao (1993)
- Campeonato Gaucho (2000)
- Campeonato Gaucho (2001)
- Copa do Brasil (2001)
- Copa Sudamericana (2008)
- Campeonato Gaúcho (2009)
- Suruga Bank Championship (2009)
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (2011, 2015)
- Copa Libertadores de America (2012)
- FIFA Club World Cup (2012)
- Campeonato Paulista (2013)
- Recopa Sudamericana (2013)