Luiz Felipe Scolari Looks To Be Favorite To Land Brazil National Team Job
The next head coach of the Brazilian national football team will be someone that has coached the Seleção in the past, "and it will not be a foreigner," according to Rizzo, Fernandez & Rangel of FOLHA DE S. PAULO. CBF President José Maria Marin and CBF VP Marco Polo del Nero "do not want" to hire someone that has no experience with the national team. This "reinforces the reports" that Luiz Felipe Scolari, who currently coaches Brasileiro club Palmeiras, will be hired for the job. Scolari led Brazil to its fifth World Cup title back in '02. The other Brazilian coaches rumored for the job have no prior experience with the Seleção (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 11/27). The AP reported that despite reports former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is a candidate for the job, Marin said that "he prefers a local name" to replace the recently sacked Mano Menezes. Marin said he really "respects" Guardiola, but "all five world titles won by Brazil came with Brazilian coaches (AP, 11/27).