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Big Phil Back in Brazil Hotseat

By November 29, 2012

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Luiz Felipe Scolari will lead Brazil into the 2014 World Cup after he was installed as coach for a second time.

The Brazilian Football Federation will hope that the former Portugal and Chelsea boss, who replaces the sacked Mano Menezes, can work his magic just as he did in 2002 when he led his country to the title in Japan and South Korea.

His second spell in charge represents a very different challenge. In 2002 he could call on the likes of Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and Ronaldo, but the current squad lacks players of that stature, despite Neymar's rapid ascent into one of the best players in the world game.

"I'm not feeling under pressure, but very happy," Scolari said. "When the FA president (Jose Maria Marin) called me last Tuesday and confirmed that I was the chosen one, I thanked him a thousand times.

"I was under pressure the first time, when we were in danger of not going to the World Cup.

"The players are those who always have pressure over them, I don't."

When Scolari sends his team out for the first time when Brazil host the tournament, he may find that the pressure has been raised a notch or two. After 12 years without the trophy, Brazil expects.

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December 7, 2012 at 6:14 am
(1) Dr. Cajetan Coelho says:

Wishing Senhor Luiz Felipe Scolari and Seleção Brasileira happy days ahead.

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