Adenor Leonardo Bacchi

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Tite in 2012
Personal information
Full name Adenor Leonardo Bacchi
Date of birth (1961-05-25) 25 May 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Corinthians (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1984 Caxias
1984–1985 Esportivo-RS 15 (1)
1985–1986 Portuguesa 18 (5)
1986–1989 Guarani
Teams managed
1990–1991 Guarany de Garibaldi
1991–1992 Caxias
1992–1995 Veranópolis
1996–1997 Ypiranga de Erechim
1997–1998 Juventude
1999–2000 Caxias
2001–2003 Grêmio
2003–2004 São Caetano
2004–2005 Corinthians
2005 Atlético Mineiro
2006 Palmeiras
2007 Al Ain
2008–2009 Internacional
2010 Al-Wahda
2010–2013 Corinthians
2015– Corinthians

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 February 2012.

† Appearances (goals)

Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, better known as Tite (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈtʃitʃi]; born 25 May 1961, Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul), is a Brazilian football manager. He has played for and managed a number of clubs. Tite is the current coach of Corinthians. He started training the team at the end of 2010 and left the club 3 years later. Despite taking a sabbatical year to study more about modern football, he returned to Corinthians after that period. Known for his eloquency, Tite is notorious for his rhetoric and his demeanor off the pitch.

Club career

Tite began his playing career in 1978 for Caxias. In 1984 he plays for Esportivo de Bento Gonçalves. In 1985 he played for Portuguesa. From 1986 until 1988 he played for Guarani, in which he achieved the greatest honors as a player in his career, being part of the squad that finished as runners-up in the 1986 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, the 1987 Copa União and the 1988 São Paulo State Championship. His career, however, was ended prematurely at the age of 27 due to successive knee injuries, which caused him to lose mobility in one of the knees.[1]

Coaching career

Early career

Tite's first managerial job was for Guarany from Garibaldi city, in (1990) before spells at Veranópolis (1992-1993-1994-1995-1998), Ypiranga de Erechim (1996), and Juventude (1997).

Early success


In 1999, Tite was hired by Caxias, his first club as a professional footballer, leading the team through a surprising campaign in the 2000 Campeonato Gaúcho.[2] Caxias were the champions of the Rio Grande do Sul state tournament, defeating Ronaldinho Gaúcho's Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense, winning the first match at the finals by 3 goals to 0 and drawing the second one with no goals. Tite's success on the Gauchão drew the attention of the Rio Grande do Sul press, as the Campeonato Gaúcho is rarely claimed by any team other than the "big two", Grêmio and SC Internacional.[3]


Signed by Grêmio in 2001, Tite lead the Porto Alegre squad to another Gauchão title, defeating Juventude in the finals, winning by 3 goals to 2 and 3 goals to 1 and claiming the 2001 Campeonato Gaúcho for Grêmio.[4]

In the same year, Grêmio won the 2001 Copa do Brasil under Tite's command, knocking out a respectable selection of teams throughout the brackets, such as Villa Nova on the first stage, Santa Cruz on the second, Fluminense on the round of 16, São Paulo FC on the quarter finals, and Coritiba FC on the semifinals. Facing Corinthians on the finals, Tite's Grêmio drew the first leg of the finals at their home stadium, Estádio Olímpico Monumental, by 2 goals to 2. In front of a capacity crowd at Estádio do Morumbi, Grêmio defeated Marcelinho Carioca and Müller's Corinthians by 3 goals to 1, claiming what would be Tite's first national title.[5]

Tite would remain with the Tricolor Gaúcho until 2003, leaving the club after failing to lead the club to any substantial victory after the 2001 Copa do Brasil. Grêmio reached the third place at both the 2002 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A and the 2002 Copa Libertadores, but led Grêmio to a lackluster campaign during the year of 2003, which led to his departure from the club, exacerbated by his long spell as coach.[6]

Leaving Rio Grande do Sul; Spells at São Paulo, Minas Gerais, and foreign clubs

Tite was hired by São Caetano do Sul club Associação Desportiva São Caetano in 2003, with the goal of taking the azulão to the Copa Libertadores qualifying zone.[7] Leading the team to a good campaign, São Caetano reached the fourth place in the league table, qualifying itself to the 2004 Copa Libertadores, being routed at the quarter-finals by CA Boca Juniors, after drawing both games and losing on penalty kicks. However, Tite had been fired by the club and replaced with Muricy Ramalho before the 2004 Campeonato Paulista.[8]

Tite also coached Corinthians (2004–2005), Atlético Mineiro (2005), Palmeiras (2006), and Al Ain (2007).


Tite was signed in 2008 to Sport Club Internacional, despite the protests of the colorado supporters, who ressented the presence of the former coach of their rivals, Grêmio, as the club manager.

Since then, Tite lead the club to the sixth place in the 2008 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, and won the 2008 Copa Sudamericana over the Argentine club Estudiantes de la Plata, knocking out important Latin American clubs such as Universidad Católica, CA Boca Juniors, and Chivas Guadalajara along the way.

Under Tite's command Inter also won the 2009 Campeonato Gaúcho over Grêmio, and reached the 2009 Copa do Brasil finals, losing against Corinthians but knocking clubs such as Flamengo and Coritiba out of the competition. Inter were the runners-up of the 2009 Recopa Sudamericana, losing against LDU Quito in the finals. In the same year, Internacional won the 2009 Suruga Bank Championship, defeating Japanese club Oita Trinita.

In the 2009 season, Internacional had a very good first half of the season, however, its results greatly diminished during the second half, both in and out of the Beira-Rio stadium, Inter's home. Tite was then fired by the directors of the club on 5 October.[9][10]

Brief stay at Al-Wahda and return to Corinthians

Tite was signed by United Arab Emirates side Al Wahda S.C.C.. Tite's stay was brief, as he was approached by his former club, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, to replace coach Adilson Batista, who had left the team.[11]

Campeonato Brasileiro 2010

Tite returned to Corinthians in a complicated moment, as the club's battle for the 2010 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A title had been derailed by a 10-game dry spell, which caused the sacking of previous coach Adilson Batista with eight matches still to be played in the season. In spite of not winning the tournament, losing the title at the final round of the season after a draw against Goiás Esporte Clube from Goiânia, Corinthians had a solid campaign under Tite, remaining unbeaten through the final matches of the season, and finishing at a respectable third place, earning a berth at the 2011 Copa Libertadores first stage and cementing Tite's position.[12]

Defeat at the Libertadores Cup

After an uneventful debut at the 2011 Campeonato Paulista, defeating Portuguesa by 2 goals to nil, the Corinthians squad prepared itself for its matches against Deportes Tolima for the preliminary stage of the Libertadores cup. Drawing at Pacaembu stadium with no goals, Tite's squad raised suspicions with the fans and the press, as the preliminary stage of the continental competition was widely seen in Brazil as a preamble to the real competition, not being a proper part of it.[13] With the moral obligation of winning the away leg of the match in Estadio Manuel Murillo Toro, at Ibagué, Colombia, Corinthians was under intense scrutiny of their supporters and detractors. Playing poorly against the Colombian squad, barely finishing or generating goal scoring opportunities, Tolima defeated Corinthians by 2 goals to 0, instilling the violent fury of the supporters, the mockery of the rival fans, and a massive crisis in the São Paulo team, as Corinthians was the first Brazilian team not to advance in the "Pré-Libertadores", as the preliminary stage of the cup is known.[14][15] Despite the wide demand of the fans to fire him, the club president Andrés Sanchez reinforced the fact that Tite was still the coach.[16]

Days later, 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup champion, all-time lead scorer at World Cup finals and two-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo, criticized for his poor performance, physical shape, and lack of playing time for Corinthians throughout his spell with the team, announced his retirement from the sport.[17] Fellow 2002 world cup champion Roberto Carlos departed the club for Daghestan's FC Anzhi Makhachkala alongside Jucilei, and Bruno César left the club for Benfica.[18] The team, already without Elias, and soon to be without Dentinho, who would leave the club for Shaktar Donetsk, needed an overhaul.[19] Tite enlisted the help of Portugal national football team's international, the Brazilian-Portuguese Liédson, who returned to Brazil and to Corinthians.[20][21]

2011 Campeonato Paulista

Soon after its Libertadores defeat, Corinthians had to face their rivals, Palmeiras, on the Campeonato Paulista. With Tite's job on the line, Corinthians won the derby by 1 goal to 0. Picking up important victories on the competition, Corinthians had qualified to the final stage of the Paulistão, defeating Oeste in the quarter finals, Palmeiras in the semifinals, and drawing against Santos FC on the first leg of the finals. However, Santos won 2 to 1 in the second leg of the final match, winning their second state title in a row.[22]

2011 Campeonato Brasileiro

Off to an impressive start on the Brasileirão, with a 10-game undefeated streak, Corinthians spent most of the first half of the 2011 season as the leader of the competition, in spite of moments of instability, such as its defeats against Avaí and rivals Palmeiras, coupled with draws against lower table clubs such as Ceará SC.[23]

With a diminished performance during the second half of the season, Tite's job as a coach was being questioned by the fans, after repeated losses and a two-loss streak against Fluminense FC and Santos. The club president, Andrés Sanchez, did not budge and kept backing Tite's status as manager. Facing São Paulo FC in a derby match, Tite decided to remove club captain, the defender Chicão from the starting 11. The match ended in a goalless draw, quelling the demands of the fans and helping maintain Tite's managing position. Earning important, but sometimes lackluster results, such a 0–0 draw against direct competitors for the title CR Vasco da Gama, Tite's Corinthians went on undefeated until the 29th round, when it lost against Botafogo. In the 33rd round, Corinthians lost against América-MG, in a great upset. América, virtually relegated and firmly entrenched on the last place of the league, played at home, but decided to sell all of their game tickets to the opposing fans to improve finances, as América's matches typically had very low fan attendance. In front of a capacity crowd of corintianos, América defeated Corinthians by 2 goals to 1, finally improving its condition on the league table. With five games to go until the end of the season, the demands for Tite's departure were mounting, and were once again quelled by a winning streak.

In the penultimate match of the competition, Corinthians needed a win against Figueirense FC and it needed Vasco da Gama to draw against Fluminense in order to become champions of the 2011 season. Routing the Florianópolis team with ease, Coringão was virtually the champion, as Vasco drew against Fluminense during the Rio de Janeiro derby. However, at the final minute of the match, Vasco scored, interrupting the celebrations of the São Paulo club, pushing the championship definition to the next and final round, on the coming Sunday.[24]

Leading the league tables by the final round, Corinthians had 70 points and a higher win ratio, while Vasco had 68 points. Needing only a draw against bitter rivals Palmeiras to be consecrated as champions, Corinthians was in a better position than Vasco, who needed to defeat CR Flamengo and to Corinthians to lose against Palmeiras.[25] Vasco did not manage to defeat Rio rivals Flamengo, and Corinthians drew against Palmeiras in a tense game, winning the Campeonato Brasileiro. This was Tite's first Campeonato Brasileiro title, and his second national title.[26]

Tite was praised by the press for his persistence and his important tactical changes during the matches, and for promoting two important overhauls in the club, the first after the Libertadores defeat, and the second after the Paulistão finals loss.[27][28]

2012 Copa Libertadores

After a turbulent elimination in the 2012 Campeonato Paulista, in which Corinthians were eliminated in the playoffs by Ponte Preta, Tite managed the club to their first ever Libertadores title in an unbeaten campaign, defeating CA Boca Juniors in the finals.[29][30]

2012 FIFA Club World Cup

Entering the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup as the reigning South American champions, Corinthians earned a berth in the semifinals against the Egyptian club Al-Ahly, the reigning 2012 CAF Champions League champions. Edging the Africans by 1 goal to 0, Tite's defensive, possession-based tactics have been called into question, especially after the tense second-half of the game which saw the Egyptians create many goalscoring chances.[31]

Advancing to the finals, Corinthians were to face the champions of Europe, Chelsea FC. The two teams were in deeply different stages of morale and form; Chelsea's interim manager, Rafa Benítez, was being heavily contested by the supporters, the captain of the team, John Terry, was out due to injury, and the team's main striker, 2010 FIFA World Cup winner, the Spaniard Fernando Torres was in poor form, not to mention that the Ivorian striker Didier Drogba, considered the best player on Chelsea by fans and pundits alike, had left the club seeking a lucrative contract in China's Shanghai Shenhua. Tite's squad lacked individual quality and talent, but was fine-tuned tactically and enjoyed a heavy boost of morale.[32] The match saw the young goalkeeper Cássio save many dangerous shots, and Corinthians won after the Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero scored a header against Petr Cech, winning the second World Club Cup title for the team, and the first for Tite.[33][34]

2013 and leaving Corinthians

Despite of the titles of State of São Paulo League and Recopa Sudamericana, 2013 was not so good for Corinthians. The team was eliminated in Libertadores Cup, where they fought for second title, had a bad campaign in Brazilian League and also lost Brazilian Cup, after a penalty kick missed by Alexandre Pato, the main contraction for season.

This way, even loved by most part of Corinthians' fans, Tite, on November 14, announced that his contract with the club wouldn't be renewed. To conclude, Mano Menezes, former Brazilian team coach and Mario Gobbi's, president of club, friend, return as Alvinegro's coach.[35]

Sabbatical year

After leaving Corinthians, Tite decided to focus on studying modern football. He received offers, but declined them in favor of his studies. He watched several games (including games from the 2014 FIFA World Cup) and visited some clubs as part of that refinement, including Arsenal[36] and Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid.[37]

He was expected to be appointed as Brazil's new coach and was even approached by Japan, but Dunga was selected as Brazil's coach and Tite didn't go through negotiations with Japan.[38]

Third stint at Corinthians

On 15 December 2014, Tite's return as manager of Corinthians was announced.[39]








Personal life

Tite is married to Rosmari[40] and has a daughter and son Matheus, who plays NCAA Division II soccer at Carson–Newman University.[41] Tite is a practising Roman Catholic.[42][43][44]

As a youth, he studied physical education under Luiz Felipe Scolari at school, who would become his mentor and then rival as a coach.[45] He went on to graduate in physical education at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas.[46]


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