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Brazil coach Tite resigns after World Cup loss to Croatia

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Brazil coach Tite confirmed following Friday’s quarterfinal loss to Croatia within the 2022 FIFA World Cup that he has stepped down after six years in command of the Seleção.

“The cycle has ended, and I hold to my phrase,” the 61-year-old stated after Friday’s match. “There are different nice professionals that may substitute me. When their (Croatia’s) goalkeeper (Dominik Livaković) is one of the best participant on the sphere, the sport is speaking to you. We needed to be more practical in making targets. However did Brazil present their greatest? General, sure. I perceive that I’m essentially the most accountable, however we’re all accountable for the loss. It’s not about being a hero or a villain. There isn’t a such factor in sports activities. 

“Generally we have now an ideal efficiency, we shoot at aim, and the ball deviates. That’s regular. However I can respect the outcome. The loss hurts, however I’m at peace with myself proper now.”

Brazil was up 1-0 up within the 117th minute when Croatia’s Bruno Petković leveled the rating simply earlier than further time expired. Brazil went on to lose 1(4)-1(2) within the ensuing penalty shootout. 

Tite assigned Brazilian celebrity Neymar, who tied soccer legend Pelé’s report for essentially the most targets scored in nationwide staff historical past Friday, the fifth penalty shot, which was in the end by no means taken.

“The fifth penalty is the decisive one. There may be extra stress and gamers who’re mentally ready are greatest to take it,” Tite stated of his determination.

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Each of Tite’s World Cup squads (2018 and 2022) had been eradicated within the quarterfinals. 

The one main trophy Tite received as Brazil’s supervisor since taking up in 2016 was in 2019, when he led Brazil to the Copa América on house soil — Brazil’s ninth Copa America title and first in 12 years.

Tite’s present contract, signed in July 2018, saved him with Brazil till the top of the 2022 World Cup. In February, he revealed that he meant to step down as supervisor of Brazil after the 2022 event.

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