Brazil coach Tite has extended his contract with the national team until the end of the 2022 World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) confirmed on Wednesday. 

Tite enjoyed a brilliant start with the Selecao after taking over from Dunga, leading the nation to Russia 2018 qualification at the head of the CONMEBOL competition. 

His hopes of taking home Brazil’s sixth title, however, were dashed by Belgium, who downed Neymar and Co. in a 2-1 quarter final victory. 

But Tite remains a popular figure in his native country, and has seen the CBF back him for another four years. 

“Tite and Edu Gaspar have shown their alignment to the values we hold dear at the CBF, such as talent, competence and dedication”, CBF CEO Rogerio Caboclo signalled on Wednesday as the coach and national team coordinator were confirmed in their posts. 

“The CBF is investing in a long-term project as it guarantees the coaching team six years and a half at the head of the national team. 

“We believe that careful planning and intelligent execution will lead Brazilian football to the results we expect.” 

Tite affirmed that he was looking forward to the challenge of delivering silverware with the Selecao, starting with 2019’s Copa America on home soil. 

“I believe the CBF has given us the conditions to build an atmosphere of unity and extreme professionalism, and that’s what we’ll keep doing,” the coach said.

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“It’s a great challenge, and we’re happy to face it, already focusing the next matches and competitions.”

Brazil’s last major trophy came in 2013, when the hosts lifted the Confederations Cup. 

Japan and South Korea 2002 marked the Selecao’s last World Cup title, while 11 years have passed since the team lifted the Copa America.