Which head coaches have resigned or been sacked after FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 exit?

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 eliminations have resulted in several managers either resigning or being sacked, with Brazil manager Tite being the latest coach to leave.

Published : Dec 10, 2022 01:51 IST

Brazil’s head coach Tite in charge of his last match in charge, against Croatia in the quarterfinal of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Brazil’s head coach Tite in charge of his last match in charge, against Croatia in the quarterfinal of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

Brazil’s head coach Tite in charge of his last match in charge, against Croatia in the quarterfinal of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. | Photo Credit: AP

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 that began with 32 teams on November 20 has reduced down to just seven teams now. As a result, several head coaches or managers have either been shown doors or resigned after exits from the tournament.

Here is a list of managers who have been relieved off their duties after the FIFA World Cup 2022 campaign:

1. Tite - Brazil

Brazil head coach Tite leaves his role after the FIFA World Cup quarterfinal exit at the hands of Croatia on Saturday.

“End of cycle” said Tite in the post match press conference at the Education City Stadium.

Neymar Jr. opened the scoring in the 105th minute before Bruno Petkovic equalised in the 117th minute to take the game into the shootouts.

Brazil came into the fixture full of confidence after the 4-1 thrashing of South Korea in the Round of 16 but found Croatia to be a tougher assignment.

The 61-year-old took over Selecao in 2016 and won the Copa America in 2019. Brazil, however, lost in the quarterfinal stages in successive World Cups including the 2018 edition where it lost to Belgium.

Under Tite’s 81 matches in charge, Brazil won 60 matches and lost just six times, while scoring 172 times.

2. Luis Enrique - Spain

After Spain’s exit in the round of 16, following a loss on penalties against Morocco, head coach Luis Enrique left the Spanish team.

“The RFEF energetically wishes Luis Enrique and his team the best of luck in their future professional projects. The coach earns the love and admiration of his collaborators in the national team and of the entire federation, which will always be his home,” the official statement from the Spanish football federation read.

Under Enrique, Spain won the silver medal in the 2020 Tokyo Games and went up to the semifinal of the European Championship last year.

Enrique becomes the fifth coach to depart a national team following elimination at the World Cup in Qatar.

3. Gerardo Tata Martino - Mexico

Mexico coach Tata Martino accepted full responsibility for its World Cup group stage exit and decided against a contract extension with the federation (FMF) as a result.

Despite beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 in its final group-stage match, Mexico was knocked out of the World Cup after finishing third behind Poland, paying the price for firing blanks in their first two Group C games - a goalless draw with Poland and a 2-0 loss to Argentina.

“I am responsible for this disappointment. It is a great sadness and I assume all the responsibility of this huge failure,” said Martino, after the match.

“It has been eight World Cups since this happened. My contract expired with the final whistle and there is nothing else to do.

Martino became the manager of the Mexico national team in January 2019, with task to break the team’s knockout jinx at the FIFA World Cup. Nicknamed El Tri, Mexico reached the pre-quarterfinals of every edition since the 1994 World Cup but failed to make it to the semifinals.

After the World Cup elimination, Martino, naturally, saw himself out.

4. Paulo Bento- South Korea

Paulo Bento stepped down as South Korea coach after his side suffered a 4-1 defeat to Brazil in the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16 clash at the Stadium 974, Doha, on Monday.

At the post-match media conference, Bento made the announcement, saying he would not seek a renewal of his contract with the Korea Football Association, the governing body of South Korean football.

“Now I need to think about the future, but I will not be with the Korea team. I am going to rest and then see,” said the 53-year-old Portuguese coach, who also managed Portugal at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

“I have just told the players and the president of the national federation. This is a decision which I took in September. It was set in stone and today I confirmed it. I have to thank them and am very proud to have been their manager,” added Bento.

Bento took over the reins of the side in August 2018 from former coach Shin Tae-yong after South Korea made a group stage exit from the 2018 Russia World Cup. In the Qatar World Cup, he led South Korea to the knockout round for the first time since the 2010 South Africa World Cup when the Koreans defeated Portugal in its final group game to advance.

5. Otto Addo - Ghana

The inexperienced 47-year-old, a former Ghana international who was born in Germany and played for the Black Stars in their first World Cup finals appearance in 2006, had been a surprise appointment, parachuted in between Ghana’s ignominious exit at the January Africa Cup of Nations finals and their March World Cup qualifying playoff tie against Nigeria.

I said before, it was clear I would stop after the World Cup. At the moment, me and my family see our future in Germany, I like my role at Dortmund,” Addo said after Ghana exited the tournament following a 2-0 loss to Uruguay at the Al Janoub Stadium.

Addo works as “talent coach” at the Bundesliga club, where he previously played.

“I said I would resign after the World Cup even if we were world champions,” he added.

6. Roberto Martinez - Belgium

More to follow.

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