Brazil coach Tite confirmed his resignation from his role as Brazil national team coach after a shock World Cup quarterfinal exit, MySportDab reports.
Croatia eliminated Brazil from the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals on Friday via a penalty shootout.
Both teams settled for a 1-1 draw after extra time following a tense and high-pitch quarterfinal encounter.
Tite has been in charge of Brazil since 2016. He announced his decision to step down following the shock quarterfinal exit.
Here is what he said after the game;
“The cycle has ended, and I keep to my word,” the 61-year-old said after Friday’s match.
“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.”
Since taking over as Brazil’s head coach six years ago, the only major trophy won by Tite is the Copa America in 2019.
He also led the Selecao to the final of the best edition of the same tournament in 2021 in which they lost to Argentina.
His current contract with Selecao was expected to end at the end of the World Cup in Qatar.
He had also started before hand that he would step down as Brazil’s manager after the 2022 World Cup.
Croatia will now face Argentina in the semifinal after the Argentines also see off European side Netherlands in a penalty shootout.