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Brazil Soccer Coach Fired 2 Years Before Nation Hosts World Cup

Brazil Coach Menezes Fired Less Than Two Years From World Cup
Brazil's coach Mano Menezes reacts during the men's football final match between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley stadium during the London Olympic Games. Photographer: Glyn Kirk/AFP via Getty Images

Mano Menezes was fired as coach of Brazil’s national soccer team after failing to win this year’s London Olympics gold medal and the Copa America in 2011.

The announcement, in a statement yesterday on the Brazilian Soccer Federation’s Facebook page, comes less than two years before Brazil hosts the final rounds of the World Cup.

Brazil, the only nation to win five World Cup trophies, has fallen to 13th in world soccer ruling body FIFA’s standings, behind South American rivals Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay.

Menezes, then coach of the Brazilian soccer club Corinthians, took over on July 24, 2010, after the team led by Carlos Dunga lost in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in South Africa.

In his almost 2 1/2 years in charge of the national team, Menezes, 50, recorded 21 wins, six losses and six ties. His last game as coach was a 2-1 loss to Argentina three days ago.

Brazil will announce his successor in January, according to the federation. The country is set to host the next World Cup from June 12 to July 13, 2014.

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