Sources Claim Scolari Will Replace Menezes As Brazil's Head Coach
Ten years after coaching Brazil to its fifth World Cup title, Luiz Felipe Scolari will return to coach the Seleção, according to Fernandez & Rizzo of FOLHA DE S. PAULO. Scolari "beat out" Brasileiro Fluminense coach Abel Braga for the position. The announcement will be made Thursday at the Brazilian Football Federation's (CBF) headquarters (FOLHA DE S. PAULO, 11/28). GAZETA ESPORTIVA reported that Carlos Alberto Parreira is "the preferred name" for the new position of technical director because of his "vast int'l experience and the respect he commands in world football." Initially, CBF President Jose Maria Marin had said that "the new Brazil coach would only be revealed in January." However, with the Confederations Cup draw being held Saturday, FIFA "pressured" the CBF to hire someone so that Brazil would have a representative at the event (GAZETA ESPORTIVA, 11/28). REUTERS' Homewood, Downie & Elor reported that Marin "confirmed he had chosen a new coach but declined to give a name." Marin said, "We did a thorough evaluation and what we need is someone with the right skills, dedication and experience. I am absolutely certain that the fans will be happy with our choice. Pressure will be great at the World Cup and that's understandable, and we need someone who can cope with that" (REUTERS, 11/28).