Adenor Leonardo Bacchi 'Tite': 5 things you need to know about the man who replaces Dunga as Brazil manager
Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, better known as Tite is the current manager of Brazillian team Corinthians, who are the reigning champions of Brasileiro Serie A. As the title suggests, he’s heavily rumoured to be the next manager of the Brazil Football team.
He’d be replacing Dunga, who has already been sacked by the Brazillian Football Confederation after getting eliminated from Copa America Centenario.
It could be argued that the last high-profile coach to come out of Brazil was Luiz Felipe Scolari and there has been a dearth of worthy names ever since. This has been cemented by the performance of various candidates who’ve taken up the national team job in the last decade, but can Tite be any different?
Here we take a look at the relatively unknown master.
#1 Tryst with Scolari
Adenor Leonardo Bacchi was born in Caxias de Sul, Brazil. During his schooling, Tite attended Instituto Estadual de Educação Cristovão de Mendoza, where a certain Luiz Felipe Scolari was his physical education teacher. True to his nature, Scolari was quite a tough taskmaster when he donned the role of a physical education teacher as well.
It’s believed that Tite was one of the students that he was most impressed with during his time at the school. In fact, he actually gave Tite his first shot at professional football by introducing him to Caxias, a professional football club based in his hometown.
As fate would have it, their paths crossed a few times while managing some of the best clubs in Brazil. During the 2011 season, Tite was the manager of Corinthians and across the town of Sao Paulo, in Palmeiras, the manager’s hat was donned by Scolari.
In their last league game of Campeonato Brasileiro 2011, Corinthians won the derby and in the process won the league. Later, after a Libertadores defeat, and with Tite’s job on the line, Corinthians had to face Palmeiras in Campeonato Paulista (Sao Paulo state championship).
Once again, Palmeiras ended up on the losing side and thus helped Corinthians to the two titles in the 2011 season.