Roberto Carlos has put his hat in the ring for the Brazil job, probably after curling it round the wall and into the ring’s corner from an impossible angle.
“My objective is to coach the national team,” he told Folha de Sao Paulo, according to the Daily Mail. “I know I have a long way to go yet and for that reason I won’t put a timeframe on how long it will take.
“Everything I experienced in the national team was amazing. I was there for 14 years and won several titles: the Copa America, Confederations Cup and the World Cup.”
Roberto Carlos managing Neymar would surely be box-office gold, and Brazil would reach some sort of gung-ho attacking nirvana, with the full backs pushed up near the corner flags and 10 yellow shirts in the opposing half at all times.
It’s not totally unrealistic, given that the 42-year-old already has an 18-month spell as coach of Turkish club Sivasspor on his résumé. He left last December after a string of bad results, but at one stage they were fifth in the standings.
Say what you like about his tactical nous, but no one’s going to get confused: “Football is a simple thing and system-wise there’s not much to create,” he told UEFA.com last year.
”You just walk out onto the pitch and show a desire to win. Certainly, the coach has to have a philosophy and the players need to reflect this on the field with their own qualities. My philosophy is winning, winning and winning.”
This week, he said he has “learned something from all the coaches I’ve worked with: (Mario) Zagallo, (Carlos Alberto) Parreira, (Vicente) Del Bosque, (Fabio) Capello, (Luiz Felipe) Scolari and Roy Hodgson.”
Given their teams’ quality of play and how they’ve fared lately, you have to hope for Carlos’s sake that what he’s learnt from that latter trio is how not to set up your team at a major tournament.