Tite has changed Brazil’s style and how the country’s fans define success



SOCHI, Russia -- Balance. This is Tite's most-used word, no doubt about it. The coach promoted a revolution in Brazil, where the national side now plays like a European team with Brazilian talent.

Before the World Cup, Brazil had played only 25 times with Tite, suffering just one defeat and conceding a mere six goals. In Russia, they've played four matches, with a single goal against and seven goals scored. There's much more to their success than stars Neymar and Philippe Coutinho. The defense also merits attention -- Alisson has faced only four shots against his goal, and this impressive number helps to understand who Tite is.

Born in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, 57 years ago, Adenor Leonardo Bachi is part of the gaucha school of coaches. In his home state, soccer is played in a more physical way, and the local championship is considered one of the most difficult and balanced of the country. Tite's professional profile began to be shape there.

A young Adenor was a soccer player. For Caxias, he showed talent as a defensive midfielder and became a professional in 1978. He played for Esportivo, also in Rio Grande do Sul, and in 1985 signed to Portuguesa. He played there for a brief period, and joined Guarani the following year. Tite was part of the runner-up team in the 1986 Brazilian championship. His career ended prematurely at the age of 28 because of knee injuries. But his medical issues sped up his transformation into a coach.

Tite worked in some clubs of Rio Grande do Sul for a decade until returning to Caxias. He was state champion in 2000, beating Ronaldinho's Gremio in the final. The title increased his profile and he was soon snapped up by Gremio. It was at that club that his ascent began. In 2001, he was Copa do Brasil champion and won more than a title -- he also earned the status of a top coach in Brazil.

Tite won a lot of trophies throughout his career, including at Gremio's rivals, Internacional, in the 2009 Copa Sudamericana. At Corinthians, Tite's life changed definitively. He managed the most popular club in Sao Paulo on three separate occasions, and had become the most important coach in the team's history. They were twice Brazilian champion (2011 and 2015) under his leadership, and he led Corinthians to their first Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup in 2012. All the wins had the same hallmarks: tactical balance with an amazing defensive system.

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