Tite, Brazil’s Former Coach Was Robbed While On An Early Morning Strolling After A Disappointing World Cup Exit

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Tite was allegedly robbed and had his chain ripped off at 6 a.m. in Rio de Janeiro by a robber who then blasted him over the country’s World Cup exit.

Tite, Brazil's Former Coach Was Robbed While On An Early Morning Strolling After A Disappointing World Cup Exit

Tite, who had been in command of the Brazil team since 2016 and had even guided them to Copa America victory three years prior, quit after their shocking quarterfinal World Cup loss to Croatia.

After the setback in Qatar, the 61-year-old manager of a team that was among the favorites to win the competition had returned to Brazil.

However, it has subsequently come to light that Tite was allegedly robbed while on a morning stroll through the Brazilian city’s streets, according to O Globo.

It occurs shortly after the Brazilian manager resigned two hours after Croatia eliminated his team from the World Cup on penalties.

Tite spoke immediately after they were knocked out the tournament saying: ‘The cycle ended and I said that one-and-a-half years ago and I keep to my word. We cannot make a drama. There are other great professionals that can replace me. The cycle is over.’ 

When Richarlison scored during Brazil’s 4-1 victory over South Korea in the round of 16, Tite briefly joined in on the nation’s well-known dance celebrations, which greatly enraged Roy Keane. Keane vented after the game, saying: “I don’t like this, it’s rude.”

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In response, Tite argued that it was a necessary component of Brazil’s education. “Because it is a part of Brazilian culture, children dancing in classrooms is not rude. We shall carry on conducting business as usual”, added.

‘I know we face challenges and criticism, but that’s the football I believe in. Even if there is criticism and we don’t win the World Cup, we move forwards playing our football with what we believe in.’ 

While talking about his own dancing, he continued: ‘I am 61 and I’m working with some players of 21 or 22. They could be my grandchildren and I have to have that connection with them. If I have to dance to connect to my players, I will continue dancing.’ 

In 2016, the 61-year-old ex-Corinthians manager took over as manager of the Brazil national team, succeeding Dunga. He played in 81 games, winning 60 of them.

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During Tite’s matches, the prolific Brazilians scored 174 goals, but they also gave up 30 goals, the latest of which came in the 116th minute against Croatia.

The Brazil squad under his leadership won the 2019 Copa America and placed second the following year. However, they lost to Belgium in the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup and to Croatia in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup.

Tite, Brazil's Former Coach Was Robbed While On An Early Morning Strolling After A Disappointing World Cup Exit

Following his resignation, a number of celebrities, including Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain, paid respect to Tite.

Neymar remarked: ‘I knew you as a coach and knew that you were very good, but as a person you are great!’

Brazil is currently searching for a replacement for Tite, and after Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti passed them by, they are reportedly targeting Jose Mourinho, the manager of Roma.

Tite Resigning As Brazil’s Head Coach

After losing to Croatia in the 2022 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals, Brazil coach Tite announced his resignation from the Seleço after six years in leadership.

“The cycle has ended, and I keep to my word,” the 61-year-old said after World Cup exit.

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“There are other great professionals that can replace me. When their (Croatia’s) goalkeeper (Dominik Livaković) is the best player on the field, the game is talking to you. We had to be more effective in making goals. But did Brazil show their best? Overall, yes. I understand that I am the most responsible, but we are all responsible for the loss. It’s not about being a hero or a villain. There is no such thing in sports.”

“Sometimes we have a great performance, we shoot at goal, and the ball deviates. That’s normal. But I can respect the result. The loss hurts, but I’m at peace with myself right now.”

When Bruno Petkovi of Croatia tied the score just before the end of extra time, Brazil had a 1-0 lead. Brazil ultimately lost the subsequent penalty shootout 1(4)-1(2).

Tite gave Brazilian superstar Neymar the fifth penalty shot, which was never taken, after he tied soccer great Pelé’s record for the most goals scored by a national team in the tournament.

“The fifth penalty is the decisive one. There is more pressure and players who are mentally prepared are best to take it,” Tite said of his decision.

Tite’s World Cup teams from 2018 and 2022 both lost in the quarterfinals.

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