Luiz Felipe Scolari is expected to be selected the new Brazil
coach, returning to the national team 10 years after leading the
country to the 2002 World Cup title.
The official announcement is expected to be made by Brazilian
federation president Jose Maria Marin on Thursday. The president
said Wednesday that a new coach has been selected, and sources
close to Scolari and the Brazilian federation confirmed to local
media that the outspoken Scolari was chosen to lead Brazil at the
2014 World Cup.
He would replace Mano Menezes, who was fired last week after
Marin said he didn’t like the coach’s methods.
The likely announcement of Scolari will give Brazil a
representative in Saturday’s Confederations Cup draw, when the team
will find out who it will play in the tournament’s opener next
June. Brazil will host the warm-up tournament and the World Cup
with a team led by young, promising stars such as Neymar, Oscar and
Scolari has been without a job since leaving Brazilian club
Palmeiras a few months ago. The former Chelsea and Portugal coach
helped Palmeiras win the Brazilian Cup this year, but the team
struggled under his command and was eventually relegated to the
Scolari had recently turned down jobs with Russia’s national
team and Brazilian clubs Gremio and Cruzeiro.
Marin said a new national team coordinator also will be
announced on Thursday, replacing director Andres Sanchez, who
publicly said he was against Menezes’ dismissal. Carlos Alberto
Parreira, the coach when Brazil won the 1994 World Cup, was touted
for that job.
Menezes led Brazil to a 21-6-6 record after replacing Dunga in
2010. But there were disappointing results against traditional
rivals Germany, France, Argentina and the Netherlands.
He also failed to guide the team to a win at Copa America or
bring home Olympic gold, which is the only soccer trophy the
five-time world champions haven’t won.