Dorival Junior has left the managerial position at Sao Paulo and signed as a coach for the Brazil national team. This change comes just a few days after Fernando Diniz, who had been serving as Selecao’s interim manager since last year, was sacked. He led Brazil in only 6 matches, but his loss in each of the last three games resulted in his sacking. The team is currently in 6th position in the 2026 World Cup standings in South America and has gone winless in four consecutive games.
🚨🇧🇷 Dorival Júnior signs in as new Brazil head coach on contract valid until 2026 World Cup.
Despite São Paulo proposal to sign new deal, he decided to accept the Seleçao job. pic.twitter.com/CCWat6Q6Fo
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 8, 2024
Dorival Junior’s coaching career began in 2002 with lowly Ferroviaria and he has never managed a team outside of Brazil. Before joining Sao Paulo, he led Flamengo to Copa Libertadores and Brazilian Cup triumphs.
Dorival Junior’s main task is to help Selecao return to the top of the world, as Brazil, with five World Cup championships, hasn’t won the World Cup since 2002.