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Four more years - the challenges facing Tite's Brazil ahead of Qatar 2022

8:36 PM GMT+8 30/07/2018
2018-07-07-brazil-tite-Adenor Leonardo Bacchi
Coach Tite has renewed his contract will this year will being a rebuilding process on the Brasil Global Tour ahead of their fight for the Hexa

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Last week the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed that coach Tite had agreed to renew his contract, penning an extension that will take him through to World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

After 24 months in the role, culminating in a quarter-final defeat to Belgium in this year’s World Cup, former Corinthians coach TIte has transformed the Selecao both on and off the field and has earned the opportunity to continue his work in for another World Cup cycle.

And one of the main challenges facing the coach will be to reshape an ageing national team – only seven of the 32 squads in Russia had an older average than Brazil’s 28.6 years.

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Two of those who enjoyed the most successful tournaments on an individual level, centre-back pairing Thiago Silva and Miranda, will almost certainly now be ushered away from international football. Both will be 38-years-old come Qatar 2022.

Fernandinho (33), Feilipe Luis (32), Renato Augusto (30), Paulinho (29) and perhaps even Marcelo (30) could all have played their final World Cup.

There will also be a task of rebuilding the confidence of a few of those who failed to turn in the sort of performances they were hoping for, such as Gabriel Jesus, who led the line well but failed to find the net in Russia.

He, however, no doubt has a huge role to player in Brazil’s future and remains odds on to retain the No.9 shirt four years from now.

And he will do so with a number of new faces behind him – with a new generation of stars well on their way to launching international careers.

All eyes have already turned to September’s Brasil Global Tour fixtures in USA and, with Tite set to name his new squad next month, a number of new faces are expected.

With a home Copa America just over the horizon, Tite will use the six Brasil Global Tour dates he has this year to begin forming the nucleus of a new Selecao, with the likes of Barcelon duo Arthur and Malcom among those tipped to freshen up the squad. 

And the already famed Generation 2000, led by Vinicius Junor and Paulinho, could also be set to take their first steps in the international game.

Brazilians have been the biggest movers of the European summer transfer window so far, with a number of high-profile moves having already seen over €400 million splashed out on potential stars of the next World Cup.

Alisson will hope his mega-money switch to Liverpool will ensure he fights off competition from Manchester City’s Ederson for the role of first-choice goalkeeper, while his new colleague Fabinho, Manchester United’s Fred, Everton’s Richarlison and West Ham’s Felipe Anderson will all be hoping their new clubs will provide them the springboard to join Tite’s first-team.

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Brazil perhaps lacked a viable backup option for holding midfielder Casemiro in Russia and Fabinho will see an opportunity there, while smart, passing midfielder Arthur appears a natural replacement for either Paulinho or in what was previously the Renato Augusto role in the heart of the midfield.

Malcom, Richarlison and Felipe Anderson face a battle to earn selections as wide attackers – a position in which the Selecao appear to have endless options.

Marquinhos has long been tipped as a future Brazil captain and, having been first-choice from Tite’s arrival right up until March of this year, will surely return to the defence. There is, however, undoubtedly a slot alongside him up for grabs.

All are questions Tite and his staff are already pondering ahead of a new cycle though there may not be sweeping changes right away. Without a title since 2007, the Copa America will be a huge motivation for the Selecao next year and the bulk of Tite’s World Cp starting XI will likely remain.

Tite has won both the local fans and media back onside since his arrival and will be well aware that a successful campaign on World Cup soil will be vital to their continued support. 

With eight Brasil Global Tour fixtures ahead of the tournament’s start, there is plenty of time to experiment and the coach and his staff are also casting a keen eye on Brazilian football’s production line, keen to see a system that is preparing local talent for a future with the national team. 

Brazil meet USA in New Jersey on September 7 and will play another fixture in the country that is yet to be confirmed.