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Topic - Luiz Felipe Scolari
The Brazilian soccer team that was relegated in a match stopped because of fan violence will ask the country's sports tribunal to annul the result.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident of Brazil's chances at the 2014 World Cup, guaranteeing the team will win the tournament at home.
The Confederations Cup has the final nearly everyone wanted: a long-awaited matchup between world champion Spain and host Brazil.
Soccer's Confederations Cup, which ends on June 30, and next year's World Cup have been among many targets of the massive demonstrations sweeping Brazil. Some protesters angry at corruption and poor public services are also complaining about the millions of dollars spent on huge stadiums in cities with dire poverty and lack of public services.
Neymar scored his third goal in three matches and Fred added two others as Brazil showed commanding form to defeat Italy 4-2 and finish top of Group A of the Confederations Cup on Saturday.
The strikers are two of the tournament's biggest stars and have played up to expectations so far, scoring two goals each in the first two matches.
The historic wave of protests that has swept across Brazil in recent days has gained some important allies _ the players of the Brazilian national football team.
Real Madrid's Champions League campaign had just ended in defeat when Jose Mourinho spotted an opportunity to send a message.
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.
At least three managers are on England's shortlist and its soccer association could appoint Fabio Capello's successor to coach the national team as soon as next month.
"We can't call them fans, they are anti-fans," Scolari told Brazilian media at an event Tuesday in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. "It was a tragedy that cannot be repeated. We need these vandals to be punished to the full extent of the law."
"It was an isolated case," Scolari said. "It won't interfere with the World Cup."