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Name Tite
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazil Head Coach
Desc Taking influence from the best coaches of European football, Tite is the first genuinely progressive coach Brazil have had in a generation. With two years wasted under Dunga, a coach who firmly belongs in the past, Tite has made an instant and impressive impact. Qualification looked genuinely precarious when he was appointed, but he made Brazil the runaway leaders of the round robin South American qualifying

Affiliation

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 06 13 Retrieve

[Australia 0-4 Brazil. Full-backs Alex Sandro and Rafinha largely impressed, as did substitute Taison, whose pace gave Brazil an extra dimension following his introduction] It was the time for everyone to have their opportunities. We had a performance and a result in this game. Against Argentina, we had only the performance and not the result

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 16 Retrieve

[Brazil’s narrow loss to Argentina on Friday was overshadowed by a touchline exchange between Tite and Lionel Messi] I complained because he [Messi] should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth. I don’t want to answer anymore on it. You need a strong referee because he’ll swallow you. It should have been a card, I was right to complain

2019 11 19 Retrieve

[Tite says you can’t compare Messi to Pele] 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. It’s as if this person doesn’t know the history of this man’s quality… this guy was phenomenal. 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

[During that run, which began following Brazil’s Copa America victory over Peru, Tite’s side have drawn against Colombia, Senegal and Nigeria while losing to Argentina and Peru] I’m not desperate to win. I’m happy to be where I am. I’m aware of the pressure but I have no desperation. I don’t have any of this. What I do want is to make a great game

We know about Korea’s strengths, on their important victory against Germany [in the World Cup] and we respect them. We know about their individual forces, not only Son Heung-min, but others and the team as a whole

2019 11 19b Retrieve

[coach Tite says Brazil can feel the confidence Liverpool midfielder Fabinho has brought to the squad] Fabinho has built a positive growing. All the times he played, he played very well. And he brings confidence from his club to the Brazil national squad. In a natural way, and we can feel it. It’s not that you can only see it, you can feel it. Fabinho is playing his normal football in a role that he also has at Liverpool

[Tite was criticised by Rivaldo after the loss to Argentina. However, Tite would not be drawn into firing back at Rivaldo] I respect opinions, I don’t give opinions on them. I learnt to respect them. And I also have a very clear opinion on Rivaldo. He was a great player and the image that comes to me is of him controlling the ball on the chest and scoring in Barcelona. The most beautiful thing in this world. That’s my opinion

2019 11 19c Retrieve

[Tite rejected criticism of his decision to play Rodrygo Goes for just two minutes in Brazil’s 3-0 win over South Korea on Tuesday] It’s one thing to throw Rodrygo into a system that’s already structured, like Real Madrid’s. It’s another thing to put him in a team that is being reassembled, even if he was doing the same job in the same position. It was so hard to organise for the team for today and they responded well. They were close to scoring a fourth and a fifth. It was a chance for Fabinho, Renan Lodi and Militao. They earned the chance and asserted themselves. Could it have been Rodrygo? Yes, but I preserved the continuity and the good moment of the team in the game

I talked to Rodrygo and said he had to be very proud of his behaviour. As a person, as an example. I asked him to give a hug to his parents for the education they gave. Say thanks to Jair Ventura, the coach who launched him. He is an example for a lot of young boys who would like to be in his position. He must think I am a little crazy, because I was talking and I do not know him, this is our first meeting. But I saw that when he scored the first goal [against Galatasaray] he went to hug [Karim] Benzema, who assisted. When he completed the hat-trick, I saw the television camera was focusing on him and he didn’t look at the camera. He took the ball and kissed it and stood there. He becomes an example for a number of boys. Football is a transformation agent, both for good and for bad. He’s like that, and I ended up telling him to hug his parents. I don’t know them, but they deserve it.

2019 11 19d Retrieve

[On Friday, Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game as La Albiceleste beat rivals Brazil 1-0, and he had a heated exchange with Selecao boss Tite] Messi should have been shown a yellow card and he told me to shut my mouth and I told him to shut his mouth

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

2020 03 10 Retrieve

[Tite on Guimaraes] Guimaraes had a great championship with Athletico Paranaense last year. Guimaraes had a great championship with Athletico Paranaense last year

2020 03 30 Retrieve

[Tite says Neymar is essential but not irreplaceable] Neymar reassures you, because he brings unpredictability to your game. Because he will offer you an individual or collective solution that others cannot, and with him, the potential of a team is not the same, because he will sparkle. The Neymar I am speaking of is the one who was within full mental and physical capacities. Neymar is essential, but not irreplaceable

[After his side’s last eight exit at the hands of Belgium at the World Cup in Russia two years ago] The position has become very exposed, the responsibility is immense and each coach is faced with the same challenge

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[Brazil boss Tite says Guimaraes or Paqueta can be Selecao’s De Bruyne] We currently lack a relay midfielder. A player like Falcao in the past. Or like De Bruyne today, able to play sometimes lower to help Casemiro and make the game start again, sometimes higher to bring more creativity, speed and percussion. Bruno Guimaraes, who just signed for Lyon and was the best under-23 player qualified for the (now postponed) Olympic Games, has enormous potential and can be that player. I also think of Paqueta, who plays in Milan.

[Tite saw De Bruyne’s talents up close when his rasping strike proved decisive in the 2018 World Cup quarter-final between Belgium and Brazil] Of all the matches I have run, this is the one where we have displayed the highest quality. The result is not indicative of our performance