Brazil’s National Team Underperforms Under New Management
Interim coach Fernando Diniz has helmed Brazil’s national football team, who, until this year, had never suffered three consecutive losses or lost a World Cup qualifying match at home. However, current results indicate a shift in fortunes, with Brazil currently trailing at the bottom half of the 10-team South American qualifying group. Their disappointing performance has prompted criticism and unrest among fans. Diniz, who advocates an attacking style of play, has also faced challenges implementing his tactics amidst injuries and poor results.
The top six teams in the South American qualifying group gain direct entry to the 48-team tournament in North America, while the seventh-place team can earn a berth in an intercontinental playoff. Brazil must strive to improve their performance in the upcoming matches and recuperate key players like Neymar, Casemiro, and Vinicius Júnior.
Diniz will need to endure the pressure from upset fans as he works to address the team’s struggles and strive for better results. However, critics will have to wait until the first friendlies of 2024 to see if any lessons have been learned.