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Scolari back in Brazil fold

Brasilia: Brazil’s 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is to return to lead his country’s bid to win a sixth world title on home soil, a source close to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Wednesday.

The man known as Big Phil, who also led Portugal to a European championship and World Cup semi-final before a short, unsuccessful spell with Chelsea, would be officially named on Thursday to replace the sacked Mano Menezes, the source said.

Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to their fourth world title in 1994, would be named technical director, according to another source close to the federation. However, many feel that the 64-year-old, has lost his magic touch.