The Brazilian Football Confederation continues its efforts to sign a coach for the first team, to succeed Adenor Leonardo Bacchi “Tite”, who resigned last December.
Tite left his position at the head of the technical management after the national team was eliminated from the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, by losing to Croatia on penalties.
Since that time, the Brazilian and European media have put forward many names to train the "Seleção", including the Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, the Italian Carlo Ancelotti, the Spaniard Luis Enrique, the Portuguese Jose Mourinho, and the German Thomas Tuchel.
🇧🇷 The Selection Neur of the Seleçao, Luiz Felipe Scolari, is not the same as the potentielle arrivée of Luis Enrique at the last selection of brésilienne https://t.co/aciwCt6StH
— RMC Sport (@RMCsport) January 22, 2023
And in recent days, the shares of Spain's Enrique, who was also sacked from coaching Spain, rose after bidding farewell to the World Cup Qatar from the round of 16 with a loss from Morocco, to be the first foreign coach for the Brazilian national team since 1965.
According to the Brazilian "Universo Online" (uol), the local federation opened a direct channel of communication with Enrique in order to reach an agreement with him to train the "Selecao".
It seems that this option did not appeal to expert Luis Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to crown the last World Cup title in 2002, and who questioned in a harsh way about Enrique's qualifications to assume this responsibility.
"What trophies has he (Enrique) won? He must have a clear style, he is a very good coach, but he lost everything," Scolari said.
He added, "What does it mean that he is good? Mourinho has won everything. I think it will be easier to sign a coach from South America than a European coach."
Enrique supervised Barcelona's training for 3 seasons, from July 2014 to June 2017.
Is Enrique responsible for the loss of Spain 🇪🇸 to Morocco 🇲🇦?# Al Jazeera_Sport # Mundial_Al Jazeera pic.twitter.com/YzqOCEJhEB
- Al Jazeera Sports (@AJASports) December 8, 2022
During that period, Enrique led Barcelona to 10 titles, most notably the Spanish League twice, the European Champions League once, and the same amount in the European Super Cup.
At the level of the Spain national team, it seems that Enrique's career was not a success during his period with Barcelona, as he reached the semi-finals of the European Cup (Euro 2020) with the team, and also lost the final of the second edition of the European Nations League against France.
The “Matador” also reached the semi-finals in the third edition 2022-2023, of which the semi-final matches will be held next summer.
He also bid farewell to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar from the final price, after losing to Morocco on penalties, after finishing second in Group F, behind Japan, which he lost to.