Scolari Returns as Brazils World Cup Coach

29 Nov 2012

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Luiz Felipe Scolari


Luiz Felipe Scolari has been appointed as Brazil manager for a second time.

The former Chelsea and Portugal boss led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title in Japan and South Korea, reports the BBC.

Scolari, 64, replaces Mano Menezes, who was dismissed last week, and will now lead his country into the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

Carlos Alberto Parreira has been named as technical director. Scolari's first game in charge is scheduled to be a friendly away to England in February.

Brazil have failed to make it past the quarter-finals of the last two World Cups but Scolari says he is not daunted by the task of preparing his team for a home World Cup.

"I'm not feeling under pressure, but very happy," he said. "When the FA president called me last Tuesday and confirmed that I was the chosen one, I thanked him a thousand times."

The president of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Jose Maria Marin said: "Our sole commitment is to seek out and offer the best for our football and it is in this vein that we have chosen these two great champions [Scolari and Parreira], respected not just in our country but worldwide."

Scolari's first spell in charge started in 2001, when Brazil were struggling in the South American qualifiers. He successfully led the team to Japan and South Korea and eventually to victory in the tournament.

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