A former World Cup winner, the ex-Selecao goalkeeper will oversee all levels of the national team and has dismissed the notion of a foreign coach replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari
Gilmar, a former Brazil international goalkeeper, replaces Carlos Alberto Parreira, under whom he won World Cup 1994 in USA. He also worked with former coach Mario Zagallo at World Cup 1998.
His appointment was confirmed at a press conference given by CBF President Jose Maria Marin and vice-president Marco Polo Del Nero on Thursday.
“He is general coordinator and he will coordinate all Brazil's national teams, including the women’s team," Marin said. "He will be the link between the president and the coaches."
Gilmar, whose playing career included time at Internacional, Sao Paulo and Flamengo before hanging up his gloves in Japan, has quit his job as an agent to take up the role.
"I think this is the time to look inside our own house, for someone who knows our problems and qualities - and there are many,” he said, dismissing suggestions Brazil could appoint their first foreign coach.
"We have a lot of good and well trained coaches. I don't think a [foreign coach] would provide what we want right now."
Former Corinthians coach Tite, who took the Timao to the 2012 Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup, is among the favourites for the job along with Muricy Ramalho, who guided Santos to Libertadores glory the previous year.