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Name Tite
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazil Head Coach

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Org Brazil National Team

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Brazil national team coach Tite declines to exclude Neymar from the captaincy candidates for his squad] Neymar told me he didn’t want to be captain, and I spoke with him and told him to enjoy this time with his family [winning the Olympic gold medal]. Later, we will have time to think about that. Leadership has a technical aspect and Neymar gives technical leadership and he communicates like a leader. He leads by example. There are a number of factors that need to be considered for leadership so I don’t want to get into the details. I am not going to give a definitive answer as to who will be captain. My inclination is that it could be Miranda or Daniel Alves, or even Neymar, as he was before

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Tite ​takes a cautious approach after A Seleçao jumped to the top of the South America Russia 2018 qualifying table] Just because we are the leaders, that does not mean that this position is guaranteed. It gives us confidence and we were consistent again, but it was just another step

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Tite speaks after a friendly with Colombia that raised more than £300,000 for families of the Chapecoense players and staff who were killed in a November plane crash] The result is the least important thing today. Today, we should be thankful to the Colombian people, to the Brazilian people, to Chapecoense. This match was about humanity more than competition

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Tite praises Argentina rival Lionel Messi] Yes, I would have wanted Messi to be born in Brazil. Regardless of the great rivalry between Brazil and Argentina, one only rivals who he admires. And we have an admiration for the Argentine. Messi is awesome. His creative ability is extraordinary, outside of normal patterns. He manages to see what others don’t

2017 11 25 Retrieve

[Tite speaks about how his successful start managing the national team] By challenging the players to achieve excellence, to be better and better regardless of whether we’d qualified or not. By challenging them to be better than the opposition, to be more competitive, more loyal. When you demand performance, players raise their game technically. But if you put all the emphasis on results, that brings their level down. We can’t control the final result but we can control performance. I’m a coach who demands performance of the highest level. Maybe that’s the fuel the national team needs to keep on developing

2017 12 02 Retrieve

[Tite gives his take on the modern game] Technique is the most important thing in today’s game. That’s what the ability of coaches to organise their teams tactically, make them balanced and get their ideas across to players depends on. Physical fitness is also a key factor, especially when it comes to challenging for the ball and switching direction. Another factor, and perhaps the most important one, is mental strength, the ability to handle pressure and the mental demands of getting a result, which are always there. The ability to deal with pressure is hugely important. Success hinges on these four things

2018 02 03 Retrieve

[Tite speaks about scheduling a World Cup preparation match with Germany] The time has come to confront our ghost. This is how we prepare for a World Cup. Let’s face Germany in Berlin, the first time we’ve met them since the 7-1. That happened and, once we accept it, it will hurt less. That is the truth. Now we are writing a new chapter

2018 03 17 Retrieve

[Tite tells his take on star player Neymar’s recovery from injury] Neymar’s father said the primary concern is the athlete’s health. It is the same thing all us think. Health comes first. You don’t pay for winning like that - whether it’s the World Cup, whether it’s the Brazilian national team. Paying the price with someone’s health or rushing someone’s recovery, we don’t do that

2018 09 15 Retrieve

[Tite on goalkeeper Neto, who made his senior international bow nearly a decade after his first call-up] When I told him, a huge smile came across Neto’s face. He said thank you very much, but he didn’t have to thank me for anything

2019 05 28 Retrieve

[Neymar was involved in an altercation with a fan after PSG’s Coupe de France final defeat to Rennes in April. Tite had spoken prior to the announcement of his intention to talk to Neymar about the incident] Neymar made a mistake, which was his fault. I will speak with Neymar about it. I will speak with him about manners. I will speak with Neymar as the Brazil coach, but also as a human being. It will be about manners and principles

The most important thing is to have an exchange with Neymar, as I did with Douglas Costa [when the Juventus player was involved in a spitting incident]. Any problems regarding a player’s behavior will be treated as a matter of education

2019 07 02 Retrieve

[Tite says he is just as nervous now as he was during his early matches in charge of the national team] I couldn’t sleep properly, I’m not Superman, I’m the way I am and I can deal with that. Yesterday I woke up at 3.15 am, I was thinking about what I’m going to do. As a coach, I always have a notepad next to me to write something down. That’s the reality of being a coach, not just me, (Argentina coach Lionel) Scaloni too, all of us

[Tite said the Argentina team are more than just a collection of individuals] Argentina make the most of those individual talents linking them into a coherent unit. You can’t eliminate Messi, you might be able to reduce what he can do but you can’t neutralise a player of that level, just as you can’t neutralise (Philippe) Coutinho, (Roberto) Firmino, Willian, David (Neres) - at some point, they will produce something

2019 11 23 Retrieve

[Tite on comparisons between Pele and Lionel Messi] Pele is incomparable. Anybody who wants to compare Pele to any other athlete…do you know what I do? I hear but I don’t listen. Once I said that Messi is extraordinary. I meant he’s extraordinary to the present time and among humans, with his creativity. Pele is out of normal patterns and I’m not saying this because I’m a Brazilian. You can’t find a defect. If somebody comes to me and starts to make comparisons, for me it has no credibility