Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is on the radar for international coaching positions, including the highly acclaimed job in Brazil.
Brazil head coach Tite vacated the role after Brazil’s shock exit from the World Cup in the quarter-final against Croatia. That said, he mentioned his plans to leave after this World Cup ahead of the tournament.
Yet Brazil does not immediately have a replacement. Now Pep Guardiola could be the name to top the list of candidates on the radar for Brazil. Spanish publication SPORT says the Brazilian federation will contact the Spanish manager in the coming days. It aims to gauge Guardiola’s interest in the job. In the past, Guardiola expressed a desire to want that enter the realm of the national team.
The Brazilian organization considers Guardiola the best coach in the world. Hard to argue with his success at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and now Manchester City. As a manager, he failed to win a league title on just three occasions, dating back to 2008/09. Interestingly, it only happened once at each of his coaching positions. He also has a couple of Champions League titles, both coming with Barcelona.
However, his lack of Champions League success despite his astounding league dominance is a red flag for international play. The Champions League has a similar format to the World Cup or Copa America with group play. Then there is a knockout part. Guardiola finds a way to struggle in those one-off matches, even if he dominates elsewhere.
Brazil wants Pep Guardiola to take over
Either way, Guardiola has a draw that every team, national or club level, wants. His current contract with Manchester City expires in 2025. There have been instances where coaches managed club teams and also managed national teams. For example, Guus Hiddink led Chelsea in 2009 as an interim role. At the same time, he was the head coach of Russia when it took part in the qualification for Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010.
Yet Brazil is not the only one trying to bring Pep Guardiola to its coaching staff. Even the United States is rumored to want their hats in the ring to win over Guardiola. Then there are a number of head coaching vacancies due to the 2022 World Cup.
Brazil will not make a decision until early 2023. It has no competitive fixtures until the end of next year when World Cup qualification returns.
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