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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Luiz Felipe Scolari
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari seems pretty pleased with himself, and his coaching acumen.
Brazil showed its national team is in better shape than the country's stadiums with a 5-0 thrashing of South Africa on Wednesday, and defending champion Spain overcame Italy 1-0 in its final big test before the tournament kicks off, as teams prepared for the World Cup in a series of friendly matches.
A hat trick from Neymar helped Brazil to a 5-0 rout of South Africa on Wednesday in the World Cup host's final friendly before announcing its squad for the tournament.
Forward Fred has been added to Brazil's roster for next week's exhibition game at South Africa while omitting former star Ronaldinho.
Striker Fred has been added to Brazil's squad for its last friendly before the World Cup team is announced, and Ronaldinho remains unwanted.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is optimistic about Brazil's chances to win the World Cup title at home.
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho was the surprise pick in a provisional Brazil squad for its final friendly next month before the World Cup squad is announced.
Palmeiras says it has reached a deal to sell defender Henrique to Italian club Napoli.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scolari said he has decided on about 95 percent of the 23 names that will be at the World Cup, but he wants options in case his favorites can't play.
"Players get injured all the time and it can happen just days before the list has to be announced. Or in these two months we may discover a phenomenon, who knows?" he said. "I won't close any doors."