Date
19 November 2017
Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reacts as his team plays against the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup third-place playoff on July 12. Photo: Reuters
Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reacts as his team plays against the Netherlands during their 2014 World Cup third-place playoff on July 12. Photo: Reuters

Brazil coach ‘resigns’ after World Cup debacle

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned after his team’s drubbing at the World Cup, with some reports saying that he was, in fact, sacked from his post.

BBC cited Brazilian broadcaster Globo TV as saying that Scolari, whose contract was set to expire after the tournament, has resigned and that the official confirmation will come on Monday.

His team was thrashed 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-final, knocking them out of title contention. Brazil then lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third place play-off.

During the defeat by the Netherlands, Scolari was booed every time he appeared on the stadium’s big screen.

Agence France-Presse quoted local media as saying that Brazil’s football confederation will not renew Scolari’s contract. 

The news came just hours after Germany defeated Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup.

Scolari led Brazil to a World Cup victory in 2002 in Japan. He took over the team in December 2012, just before Brazil hosted the Confederations Cup.

The team won the Confederations Cup in 2013, beating Spain 3-0 in the final, and were favorites to win a sixth World Cup.

But the humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-final on Tuesday put paid to the hopes.

Tuesday’s performance was the country’s worst defeat since losing the 1950 final game to Uruguay in a tournament held in Brazil, AFP noted.

Scolari, 65, had said the defeat was “the worst day of his life” and asked for forgiveness from the Brazilian people.

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