World Cup fallout: Scolari resigns as Brazil boss




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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned, the country’s football (CBF) has confirmed. Scolari, 65, won the 2002 but the hosts could only finish fourth at this year’s event. Brazil were thrashed 7-1 by Germany the semi-finals then lost 3-0 the Netherlands the play-off. “Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions the board,” the CBF said a statement. “Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. “They were responsible for returning the Brazilian your love for the national team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal.” Scolari’s was to expire after the , but the CBF vice-president Marco Polo del Nero last week offered the his full backing following the humiliating defeat Germany.[eaap_ad_1] However, Scolari himself had offered assurances about his position in the wake of what he called “the worst day of my life”. Scolari first took over the Brazil side in 2001 and guided them World Cup success a year later, beating Germany 2-0 in the 2002 in Yokohama, Japan. But after spells in charge of Portugal, Premier League side , Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan and Brazilian club Palmeiras, he resumed control of the national team in 2012. Brazil hosted and won the Confederations Cup in 2013, beating Spain 3-0 in the , and were favourites win a sixth World Cup. They finished of their group after two and a draw from their three matches, before edging past Chile penalties in the last 16. They beat Colombia 2-1 in the quarter-finals, but lost goalscorer Neymar to a spine and captain Thiago Silva to suspension.

In the semi-, Brazil were 5-0 down to Joachim Low’s Germany after only 29 minutes, before losing 7-1 – their joint-heaviest loss ever and first home competitive defeat for 39 years.
Scolari described the defeat as “the worst day of his life” and asked for forgiveness from the Brazilian .
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