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Brazil coach Tite to quit after World Cup

Brazil coach Tite has said he will step down after the World Cup in Qatar in December.

“I am very aware of my presence. It goes until the end of the World Cup,” the 60-year-old said on Friday in an interview with SporTV channel.

“This is not the moment to talk about it, but I don’t want to hide as well.”

Tite, who’s been in charge since 2016, didn’t disclose what he will do after the World Cup with Brazil already having secured their spot in Qatar with two rounds left in the South American qualifiers.

Brazil traditionally don’t extend the contracts of their coaches beyond a World Cup, even when they win it.

Tite had that rare benefit in 2018, despite Brazil’s elimination in Russia, because he’d been working with the national team for less than two years.

Tite didn’t rule out coaching Brazil in the future, but said he was clear about what will happen at the end of the year, no matter whether he wins the Selecao’s sixth trophy.

“I am aware of my cycle. This cycle goes until the end of the World Cup,” he insisted.

Tite won the 2019 Copa America and made the team the dominant force in South American World Cup qualifiers for the 2018 and 2022 editions. His Brazil side have chalked up 51 wins, 13 draws and five losses.

But two of those defeats have highlighted Tite’s tenure.

The first was a 2-1 loss to Belgium in the quarter-finals of the last World Cup and the second came 1-0 against Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the final of the 2021 Copa America.

Tite said he wants fans to be charmed by his Brazil in Qatar.

“I don’t want just to win this in any way we can,” he said.

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