Brazil coach: Team will win 2014 World Cup

Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident of Brazil’s chances at the 2014
World Cup, guaranteeing the team will win the tournament at
home.

Scolari had been saying Brazil was among the favorites, but not
at the same level as other teams. Now the coach has asserted after
the 5-0 rout of Honduras on Saturday that his team will come away
with the title next year.

”Brazil will be the champion,” he said after the win in Miami
Gardens, Fla.

Scolari won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, which plays its last
exhibition of the year against Chile on Tuesday in Toronto.

”I wouldn’t accept to coach Brazil if I didn’t think I could
win the World Cup,” Scolari said. ”I took the job because I’m 100
percent sure that I will win the World Cup with Brazil.”

Brazil will play one more match next year before Scolari selects
his final squad for the June 12-July 13 World Cup, the first in
Brazil since 1950.

The coach said his assertion doesn’t come because of the victory
over Honduras, which he said was harder than it looked, but rather
because he understands the team’s potential.

”Now we have a clear view about our team,” he said.
”Everything is in place already.”

Scolari returned to the Brazilian national team late last year,
starting slowly with disappointing results at the start of his
tenure. But the team steadily improved and won the Confederations
Cup with convincing performances. The five-time world champion has
won 11 of its last 12 matches. The lone loss came against
Switzerland in an exhibition just after the World Cup warm-up
tournament.

Scolari dismissed comparisons with the 2002 team that won the
title in South Korea and Japan.

”This team is much younger team, it lacks the experience of
that 2002 squad,” Scolari said. ”This group has a different
dynamic and this type of dynamic is needed in football today.”

Brazil’s biggest star heading into the World Cup is 21-year-old
Neymar, who recently moved to Europe to play for Barcelona.

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