Reports: Scolari likely new Brazil soccer coach

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

Lucas.

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

second division.

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.

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