Brasilia: Luiz Felipe Scolari has left a decision on his future as coach of Brazil to the country’s federation after the World Cup hosts’ campaign ended in more disappointment.
“It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyse what needs to be done,” said Scolari after Brazil lost 0-3 to the Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia on Saturday.
“I’m not going to discuss (my future) with you. Winning or losing that is what we would have done.”
Scolari’s contract with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) expires with the end of Brazil’s campaign but there have been suggestions that president Jose Maria Marin could persuade him to stay on until the end of the year while a long-term replacement is sought.
Saturday’s loss came on top of Tuesday’s 7-1 mauling by Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte, but Scolari maintained that there were plenty of positives from a World Cup in which Brazil finished fourth.
“At the end of the tournament we were not so good but we finished fourth and we must praise the players. The game (against Holland) was very even but we conceded a goal early on and the Netherlands got the breaks,” he said.
Brazil fell behind when Thiago Silva gave away a second-minute penalty for a foul on Arjen Robben and Robin van Persie converted from the spot, before Daley Blind and Georginio Wijnaldum added.
The home players were loudly jeered as they made their way off the field having become the first Brazil team to lose successive home games for 74 years.
Meanwhile, Brazil players apologised to fans after another hugely disappointing performance in the third-place match.
“I don’t think we deserved the tournament to end the way it has done for us,” Thiago Silva said.
“We need to apologise to the fans, they booed us, which is quite normal, they have feelings too.... Now we need to look at what we have done wrong.”
Netherlands: Jasper Cillessen (Michel Vorm, 90th, injury time), Stefan De Vrij, Ron Vlaar, Bruno Martins Indi, Daley Blind (Daryl Janmaat, 70th), Georginio Wijnaldum, Jonathan De Guzman, Jordy Clasie (Joel Veltman, 90th), Dirk Kuyt, Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben
Brazil: Julio Cesar, Maicon, Thiago Silva, David Luiz, Maxwell, Paulinho (Hernanes, 57th), Luiz Gustavo (Fernandinho, 46th), Ramires (Hulk, 73rd), Oscar, Willian, Jo
Man of the Match: Arjen Robben
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria)