Brazil has dismissed manager Fernando Diniz following a poor run of results that has raised concerns about the national team’s qualification for the 2026 World Cup.
According to Globo, Brazil boss Fernando Diniz has been relieved of his duties after overseeing three consecutive defeats in the Conmebol World Cup qualifying matches. The current favorite to replace him is Dorival Junior, the coach of Sao Paolo.
Since Tite’s departure as Brazil’s manager after the 2022 World Cup, the national team has faced difficulties in finding a permanent replacement. Ramon Menezes served as a caretaker for six months before Fernando Diniz was brought in as a temporary manager, with the intention of eventually hiring a high-profile coach for the 2024 Copa America.
There were rumors linking Carlo Ancelotti to the position, but the Real Madrid boss signed a contract extension that will keep him in Madrid until 2026, ruling out the possibility of him taking charge of the Selecao.
Despite a poor run at the helm, including the Selecao’s first ever home World Cup qualifying loss, Diniz has repeatedly defended his team, such as following their 1-0 defeat to Argentina: “They didn’t have any chances. We were much close to winning than them, and the result is really unfair.”