Fernando Diniz is fired and is no longer coach of the national team

Fernando Diniz is no longer coach of the Brazilian national team.

One day after being replaced in command of the CBF, Ednaldo Rodrigues made the decision, but did not speak directly to Diniz. He informed Mario Bittencourt, president of Fluminense, that he no longer has his coach.

As ESPN.com.br reported this Thursday, the current idea is for Dorival Junior to take over as coach of the national team. Ednaldo has already spoken with Julio Casares, president of São Paulo, and understood that he will have to pay a fine of three months’ salary (around R$2 million) to hire him.

Diniz was hired by the CBF in July 2023 to be a kind of interim coach for the Brazilian team, with a contract for just one year. The idea was that he would only stay in the role until Carlo Ancelotti ended his contract with Real Madrid.

The Italian coach, however, never confirmed the agreement with the CBF and ended up renewing his contract with the Merengue club.

Libertadores champion with Fluminense, Fernando Diniz was unable to repeat his good performance in the few games he had in front of the team. In six qualifying matches, he won just two, drew one and lost three. Results that leave Brazil only in 6th place in the World Cup qualifiers so far.

See Ednaldo Rodrigues’ official note below:

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Ednaldo Rodrigues, spoke on Thursday night (4), with the president of Fluminense Football Club, Mario Bittencourt, regarding the decision to hire a permanent coach for the Brazilian National Team Men’s football, aiming to prepare the team for the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

The decision was informed to coach Fernando Diniz by the president himself, this Friday (5), when he explained the reasons for the anticipation in the process of choosing a definitive coach.

The CBF would like to thank Fernando Diniz for the work he did, for all his dedication and seriousness and for the challenge of renewing the Brazilian team during the period in which he was in charge of the team. We wish Fernando Diniz all the luck.

The post first appeared on www.espn.com.br

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