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Scolari to lead Brazil through 2014 World Cup
SAO PAULO (AP) - Luiz Felipe Scolari is back in charge of Brazil’s national soccer team, and he said Thursday he knows that anything but a sixth World Cup title at the 2014 tournament will be considered a failure.
The Brazilian soccer federation hired Scolari to lead Brazil through the World Cup, marking his return 10 years after leading the team to the 2002 World Cup title. He replaces Mano Menezes, who was fired last week because the federation didn’t like his methods.
“It needs to be clear to all Brazilians: We have the obligation to win the title. We will be playing in front of our fans,” Scolari said. “We are not the favorites right now, but we will work hard to make sure that we are during the tournament.
“A country with five world titles will not play hoping to finish second, third or fourth.”
“We made this decision thinking on what is best for Brazilian football, thinking about the fans,” Brazilian federation president Jose Maria Marin said. “We are putting the fate of the national team in competent hands ahead of next year’s Confederations Cup and the World Cup, which is our main objective.”
The announcement gives Brazil a coach ahead of the Confederations Cup draw on Saturday, when the hosts will find out the team it will play the opener in June.
The federation also announced Thursday that Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title in the United States, will be the national team’s coordinator. Parreira also coached Brazil in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The duo will lead a team with few experienced players but filled with young, promising stars such as Neymar, Oscar and Lucas.
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