According to a source at the Brazilian Football Federation, Real Madrid’s Italian coach, Carlo Ancelotti, will assume the head coach role for Brazil’s national team during the 2024 Copa America.
This announcement follows the federation’s previous statement naming Fernando Diniz of Fluminense as the interim coach.
Ancelotti still has one season left on his contract with Real Madrid but is expected to join Brazil in time for the Copa America, which will take place in the United States in June 2024.
His appointment as Brazil’s coach will make him the first foreigner to lead the team in nearly six decades, with the last non-Brazilian coach being Argentine Filpo Nunez in 1965, who was in charge for only one game.
The 64-year-old Ancelotti boasts an impressive coaching career, having won the Champions League twice with AC Milan and Real Madrid. He has also claimed domestic league titles in England with Chelsea, Germany with Bayern Munich, France with Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid and AC Milan again.
During the 2022 World Cup, Tite coached Brazil, but he resigned after their elimination in the quarter-finals against Croatia. Ramon Menezes has been serving as the interim coach since then.
The Brazilian Football Federation had previously announced that Fernando Diniz would be leading the national team for the following year. Diniz expressed his excitement and pride in serving the country’s team and will be responsible for coaching Brazil in the six South American qualifying games for the 2026 World Cup, including matches against Argentina and Uruguay.
The qualifying campaign will begin in September with a home match against Bolivia, followed by an away game against Peru.