The ideal world is almost always outside of reality. After the 2022 World Cup and Tite’s statement that he would not continue with the national team, the CBF, with the appointment of a technical coordinator, should have hired a coach already thinking about the 2026 World Cup.
However, with the possibility of Ancelotti, a special coach, leading the Brazilian team from June 2024, it would be understandable to hire an interim, even more so with Fernando Diniz’s quality, as long as Ancelotti’s arrival was practically certain.
The coach never said he would lead the Brazilian team and CBF president Ednaldo Rodrigues never showed concrete evidence that Ancelotti would be hired.
Everything went wrong. It can’t get any worse. Real Madrid announced the renewal of Ancelotti’s contract, the CBF is without a president due to the annulment of the election and the national team is terrible with Fernando Diniz.
Whoever is the new president, who will or should be the coach? Since Ancelotti, Guardiola or Klopp can’t come, I prefer a coach who works in Brazil, whether foreign or Brazilian. There is no certainty about which would be the best option.
Fernando Diniz deserves praise for the Libertadores title and for prioritizing boldness, creativity, and bringing players together to exchange passes. It’s nothing revolutionary. This is how the main teams in the world play. But that’s not enough. Fluminense and the Brazilian team leave huge spaces in defense when they lose the ball, especially when many players are grouped on one side of the field.
Abel Ferreira would be a good option in the selection, but after his first poor performances he would be criticized for not liking the Brazilian style of acting, with many exchanges of short passes. Palmeiras plays in different ways depending on the moment. Abel is more pragmatic than Fernando Diniz.
As journalists cannot watch the national team and teams train, there is difficulty in analyzing matches, as what happens in a game is usually different from what was programmed and rehearsed.
Even so, it is possible to analyze a game on the field or on TV with great possibilities of accuracy, as television images are increasingly open, wide to see the whole. Furthermore, the reporters present at the game provide a lot of information and the narrators and commentators help with understanding the match.
The view of the team from those watching the game from a higher position in the stadium or on television is much better than that of the coach sitting or standing on the side of the field. Therefore, I think that coaches should often watch the game from above, from where they would transmit decisions to assistants on the field. This does not happen because they created the myth that the coach’s presence on the sidelines during matches is essential for the team, even if his role is limited to shouting at the players and complaining about the referees and assistants, sometimes aggressively.
It is not enough to know and have all the information. It is necessary to see the objective and subjective details, the predictable and unexpected facts. Knowing how to see without thinking, as Alberto Caeiro would say, one of the main characters among the 127 characters created by Fernando Pessoa, according to the exceptional book “Fernando Pessoa, an almost autobiography”, written by José Paulo Cavalcanti Filho.
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