Scolari resigns after 2014 World Cup

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as Manager of Brazil, after the hosts suffered two of their worst defeats in World Cup history.

Scolari’s men were favorites to win the tournament but were demolished 7-1 in the semi-finals by eventual champions Germany.

To compound their misery, they lost the third-place playoff 3-0 against the Netherlands.

Jose Maria Marin, president of the Confederacao Brasileira de Futebol (CBF), confirmed Scolari’s much expected departure in a statement and thanked the experienced coach for helping “rescue the Brazil team’s self-esteem”.

“Scolari and all his backroom staff deserve our respect and thanks, they were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people a love for the national side, even if they did not achieve our highest aim,” Marin said.

Scolari, who led Brazil to the last of their record five World Cups in 2002, took over the post for a second time in November 2012 and lost just five of his 29 games in charge.

Del Nero, Vice president of the CBF, is scheduled to take over from CBF president next year, which could mean a delay in the naming of a successor to Scolari. However, Alexandre Gallo, Brazil Under-23 coach has been suggested as an interim caretaker.

Those expected to be in contention for the full-time job include former Corinthians boss Tite, Muricy Ramalho of Sao Paulo and ex-Brazil boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

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