I will have autonomy and discretion, and there will be no interference, Diniz said at an introductory press conference at the headquarters of the Brazilian Confederation of Football (CBF) a day after being appointed coach of the Brazilian national team for the next 12 months.
CBF President Edinaldo Rodrigues reiterated after Diniz’s introduction that Ancelotti, who is currently under contract with Real Madrid until the middle of next year, will lead the Brazilian national team in the second half of 2024.
He (Ancelotti) will be there, you can be sure, Rodrigues said, adding, however, that only the Italian coach can say when he will arrive.
A day earlier, confirming the hiring of Diniz — who will split time between his current club, Fluminense, and the Brazilian national team — Rodriguez said Ancelotti will lead the team after the 2024 Copa America, which runs from June 20 to July 14 in the United States.
Diniz took over the Brazilian national team after the team suffered losses this year in friendlies against Morocco and Senegal, and he will have his first World Cup 2026 qualifying commitments in the second half.
Diniz praised striker Neymar and did not rule out the possibility of a collaboration between the Paris Saint-Germain player and his former Santos partner Paulo Henrique Ganso, whom Diniz now coaches at Fluminense.
During one of the many congratulations ceremonies he attended, Martinez was presented with a gold glove similar to the one he won during Argentina’s successful 2022 World Cup campaign. At the time, he sparked both controversy and approval with the gesture he made with the trophy after receiving it on the podium in Qatar. Martinez eventually repeated the gesture in Calcutta during the ceremony to the cheers of the crowd.
Earlier, scenes of unbridled joy swept the roads leading to the Mohun Bagan tent, where the star goalkeeper participated in a number of events, including the opening of the Pele-Maradona-Sobers gate and the announcement of the Calcutta Police Open Friendship Cup before a packed grandstand.
Dibu, as he is affectionately known, was overwhelmed as he was greeted by thousands of fans dressed in Albiceleste colors and Messi’s number 10 jersey.
To see so many people cheering for you and Argentina is bliss, he said.
To the shouts of Messi, Messi, eruptedin the stands, the 30-year-old Martinez made a promise to bring Messi to Calcutta again and play soccer in Argentina’s colors.
This is not the end, I hope to return to India to play with Argentina and Messi, he said, eliciting the loudest applause.
Now that I come to places like this, I realize how important it is to win the World Cup. To make people happy.
I said I would come to Calcutta to see the culture, the beautiful city of Calcutta. I am very proud to be here today, he said.
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