Rio de Janeiro: Luiz Felipe Scolari has been sacked as Brazil manager after the hosts ended their World Cup campaign with two embarrassing defeats, according to local reports.
Scolari had said he would let the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) decide his fate, after the host were beaten 1-7 by eventual champions Germany in the semi-final. They found no consolation in the third-place playoff either, losing 0-3 to the Netherlands.
Just hours after the Maracana played host to Germany’s victory over Argentina in the final, the CBF have reportedly brought an end to Scolari’s time in charge of the national side. Scolari led Brazil to World Cup victory in 2002 in Japan, before taking charge for a second time in December 2012, just before Brazil hosted the Confederations Cup.
Brazil won that tournament, seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2014 World Cup, but were unable to match their feat on the biggest stage. Many were critical of the hosts’ rough tactics on the pitch. Globo TV and other news outlets had earlier said on Monday that Scolari would not remain as coach after the national team’s failure to win the World Cup at home.