Carlo Ancelotti, coach of REAL MADRID, will take over as Brazil head coach in 2024.
The 64-year-old Italian is expected to remain in charge of the Spanish giants until his contract expires at the end of the 2023/24 season.
He will then take charge of Brazil’s Copa America, which is being held in the United States, next summer.
Brazilian Football Confederation president Ednaldo Rodrigues has confirmed the plan, with Fluminense coach Fernando Diniz acting as interim coach for the next 12 months and overseeing the start of World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking of the move, Rodrigues said: “His (Diniz) game plan is almost similar to that of the coach who will take charge of the Copa America, Ancelotti.”
“We don’t refer to him as interim coach of the national team. He will come and make the move for Ancelotti in Brazil.”
Real Madrid haven’t commented on Ancelotti’s connection with Brazil.
And no details of his contract with the South Americans have been disclosed.
The Copa America kicks off in the United States on June 20 as Brazil look to reclaim the title from Argentina.
Ancelotti, who managed the LaLiga Champions League double with Los Blancos in 2022, is one of the most successful club managers in the history of football.
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He has won four Champions League titles – more than any other head coach.
Ancelotti has also won league titles in Italy, England, France, Germany and Spain with AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris-Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
But this will be his first foray into international management as he seeks to lift Brazil to their tenth Copa America title.
He will then continue World Cup qualifying ahead of the 2026 finals – where he will seek to end a 24-year wait for the country’s sixth trophy.
Diniz, 49, will referee Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers in September, October and November.
The last of these is a blockbuster home clash against Copa America and world champions Argentina.
I speak on the Brazilian site globeDiniz said: “It’s a dream for everyone.”
“It is an honor and a great pride to serve the national team. It was a convening, especially because of the way it came about, in a joint effort by CBF and Fluminense.”
“I am convinced that we have what it takes to take this forward and make it a success.”