RIO DE JANEIRO.
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned following his country’s failure to win the 2014 World Cup, reports Brazilian broadcaster Globo TV.
Scolari, 65, won the tournament in 2002 but the hosts could only finish fourth at this year’s event.
Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals, their joint-heaviest loss ever and first home competitive defeat for 39 years. They then lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the play-off for third place.
Scolari’s contract was set to expire after the tournament but Globo TV says his resignation was due to be confirmed yesterday by the CBF, Brazil’s football federation.
UOL News, a Brazilian website, is also reporting that Scolari has quit, quoting two CBF sources.
During the defeat by the Netherlands, Scolari, in his second spell in charge of the national team, was booed every time his image appeared on the big screen inside the stadium in Brasilia.
Scolari first took over the Brazil side in 2001 and guided them to World Cup success a year later, beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 final in Yokohama, Japan. Scolari described the German defeat as “the worst day of his life” and asked for forgiveness from the Brazilian people.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor