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Saturday, 10 December 2022 11:46

Tite steps down as Brazil coach after Croatia defeat and World Cup exit.

Staff Reporter.

Tite has quit as manager of Brazil after their shock elimination from the World Cup, bringing an end to his six-year stint in charge of the national side.

Brazil were the favorites to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but that hope was dashed on Friday when they lost in the quarterfinals to Croatia. The match ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time, and Croatia won on the penalty shootout to move on to the final four as Brazil was forced to go home.

71-year-old Tite has stepped down as manager of the national team, which is not too surprising as he's already spoken to its probability

In the World Cup, Tite led Brazil to top Group G in the group stage over Switzerland, Cameroon, and Serbia. They went on to beat South Korea 4-1 in a display of athleticism that assured many that they would win it all. Alas, the Brazilians have gone home and Tite has called it quits.

Speaking less than two hours after their exit, Tite said: 'The cycle ended and I said that one-and-a-half years ago and I keep to my word. We cannot make a drama. There are other great professionals that can replace me. The cycle is over.’

Brazil will be looking to regroup ahead of the 2026 World Cup, which will be a 48-team extravaganza held in North America. 

Tite's departure has already started speculation about who will take on the role next, with Renato Gaucho, Rogerio Micale and Andre Jardine all rumoured to be possible options.

The free-scoring Brazilians found the net 174 times during Tite's matches, but also conceded 30 goals, the last of which came in the 116th minute against Croatia. Bruno Petkovic found an equaliser to force a penalty shootout at the Education City Stadium, which Brazil went on to lose 4-2 after misses by Rodrygo and Marquinhos. 

During his time managing the Brazil team, they won the 2019 Copa America, and finished runners-up two years later. However, in both 2018 and 2022 World Cups, they fell at the quarter-final stage, against Belgium and Croatia respectively.

Compiled by Lehlohonolo Lehana.