- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SAO PAULO (AP) - Luiz Felipe Scolari is resigning as Gremio’s coach after a poor start in the Brazilian league.

The club said Tuesday that Scolari asked to leave because he was unable to improve the team. Gremio opened with a 3-3 home draw against recently promoted Ponte Preta and then lost 2-0 at Coritiba.

Before the Brazilian league started, Gremio struggled in the Rio Grande do Sul state championship, losing the final to rival Internacional.

Gremio president Romildo Bolzan said Scolari “did a good job, but the results were not there.”

Scolari was Brazil’s coach in last year’s World Cup, when the hosts were eliminated in the semifinals. He took over Gremio shortly after leaving the national team and led the club to a seventh-place finish in the Brazilian league.

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