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Report: Scolari resigns as Brazil’s head coach after World Cup debacle

Jul 13, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

Scolari AP

It looked headed in the right direction, and then all went horribly wrong.

After the historic 7-1 debacle against Germany and the ensuing 3-0 disappointment against the Netherlands that left the Seleção in 4th place at their tournament, Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as manager, according to Globosporte as well as Sky Sports’ Paulo Freitas.

The news is somewhat surprising given he was handed the backing of the Brazilian Federation (CBF).

“To me, he stays,” said incoming CBF president Marco Del Polo earlier today. “What happened was a tactical error. That was the problem. But we all make mistakes. It can happen to anyone. The important thing is that he did a good job. The campaign and the preparations were good. A base exists.”

Scolari had earlier put his future in the hands of the CBF, saying before the third-place match, “After it’s over I will submit my report to the Brazilian Football Confederation and they will make a decision.”

Instead, the failure under enormous home pressure led to Scolari ultimately stepping down, taking matters into his own hands.

Many weren’t happy with how Scolari managed his team, with Brazilian journalist Tariq Panja describing his coaching style as “belligerent.”

Scolari had his hands tied when he lost star Neymar and captain Thiago Silva for the match against Germany, but things went worst-case-scenario as the eventual winners poured on the goals before “taking it easy” in the second half.

Freitas also reports the departure of Scolari’s right-hand men, technical director Carlos Alberto Parreira and assistant manager Flavio Murtosa.

  1. 407magic - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    Hulk and Fred are a joke along with others he called up to play. Should’ve called up kaka and robhino. Both would of been able to score in place of neymar. Who I think is overrated. He wouldn’t of helped much in that 7-1 loss anyway.

    • simonkulberg - Jul 14, 2014 at 7:51 AM

      Depends how people rate him right. If people exaggerate like the Messi fanboys are doing then he`s overrated. But if they say he`s technically gifted with a great vision for attacking football then he`s rated right where he belongs. And he could be great as well, although I doubt it. European clubs have a habit of destroying Brazilian and Argentinian talent, who always go to Europe much too soon.

      I`m starting to think this is a deliberate plan so European nations can monopolize the WC, which they`ve now done three times in a row.

    • soccerkickin - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Kaka/Robinho certainly would’ve been better choices in hindsight and some people were saying it before the WC too – but totally disagree with you about Neymar. Just google his Confederations Cup performance from last summer to enlighten yourself if you think he’s overrated. Even after injury cut short his tourney he still finished with the 3rd most goals at the WC so not sure how he’s overrated.

  2. 407magic - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Both kaka and robhino would of made this brasil team much better offensively and both will be playing for Orlando city in 2015. Js

  3. eddie0710 - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM

    When the starting striker is a guy like Fred, then there is a problem. I know there are at least 5 other Brazilians that could’ve slid into that spot and done a better job.

  4. talgrath - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    I get the feeling that the public statements were a smokescreen. No way Scolari was staying on, it was either be fired or resign, he chose to resign.

  5. johnemi - Jul 14, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    Words cannot convey how unsurprised I am by this.

  6. ravenswhat - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Scolari wasn’t playing D. That’s a problem the next team will have to deal with no matter who is coaching.

  7. granadafan - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    The only thing I’m surprised about that there weren’t massive riots by Brazilians after the losses.

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