Scolari sacked as coach, says report

Scolari sacked as coach, says report

Brazil have sacked manager Luiz Felipe Scolari just hours after the end of a home World Cup in which they suffered two of their worst defeats in the tournament's history, one of the country’s leading newspapers reported on Monday.

Scolari's Brazil were favourites to win the tournament but were demolished 7-1 in the semi-finals by eventual champions Germany. To compound their misery, they lost the third-place playoff 3-0 against the Netherlands.

Scolari, who led Brazil to the last of their record five World Cups in 2002, said after the game he would make a report to his bosses at the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and only then would his fate be decided.

But O Globo reported that Scolari was fired late on Sunday.

The paper said an official announcement was expected soon.

There was no confirmation from the CBF, nor from Scolari's press adviser.


Scolari took over the post in November 2012 and lost just five of his 29 games in charge. He led Brazil to the Confederations Cup last year with a memorable 3-0 defeat of then world champions Spain in the final.

He was hugely popular in Brazil for his gruff charm and also with the players, who looked up to him as a father figure.

He had the support of the nation going into the World Cup and there was very little opposition to his squad selection, a rarity in Brazil, famously known as "a nation of 200 million coaches."

If his departure is confirmed, early front-runners to replace him would be Tite, the man who led Corinthians to the Libertadores Cup and Club World Cup in 2012, and Muricy Ramalho, the current coach of Sao Paulo.

However, there are also likely to be calls for a foreign manager for the first time.

 

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