I came across an interesting little article buried in Lance today that tells us something about the mindset of Brazilians in general and Brazilian football fans in particular.
The piece is about Corinthians fans visiting Tite, the manager who recently guided the club to its first Libertadores trophy, the club’s biggest title triumph in decades.
The fans paid tribute to Tite for his work this season and apologised for demanding he be sacked last season after the club had lost in the Libertadores qualifying rounds to a lowly Colombian team.
“One day we wanted him sacked and today we are here to ask for him to stay for the rest of his life,” said the leader of the biggest fans’ organisation, the Gaviões da Fiel.
The irony of all or nothing, hero or villain and nothing in between, was lost on all present, it seemed.
But that’s Brazil, a country of extremes, where cool heads seldom prevail and where emotion is driving factor in so much of what goes on.
Just 11 games into the Brazilian First Division and seven of the 20 teams have already fired their manager.