Photo: Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who guided Brazil to its most recent World Cup title, is returning as manager of the national soccer team, Brazilian media said Wednesday.
“I hope to announce tomorrow the name of the new Brazilian coach,” soccer federation chief Jose Maria Marin told reporters as he led a visiting FIFA official on a tour of Sao Paulo’s Itaquerao stadium, one of the venues for the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
The 64-year-old Scolari, who is currently out of coaching, has already met with federation executives and agreed on the terms of his contract, newspapers said.
Carlos Alberto Parreira, a member of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning squad, will be Scolari’s assistant, according to the press accounts.
“People will be happy with the choices we made,” Marin said Wednesday, without mentioning any names. “Because now is not the time to experiment and they are two great names.”
It was with Scolari at the helm that Brazil won the latest of its record five World Cups, in 2002. His most recent coaching job was with Palmeiras, which ended up in relegation despite having won the 2012 Copa de Brasil.
The opening with the national team was created by the firing last Friday of Mano Menezes after 27 months in the post.
Though the team won 21 of its 33 matches under Menezes, none of the victories was against a top-flight opponent. His tenure also included a loss to Mexico in the finals of the 2012 Olympics and a quarterfinal exit in last year’s Copa America competition.
The federation had originally planned to delay until January the appointment of a new coach, but pressure from the Brazilian public and sports media forced Marin to move more quickly.