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Brazil Soccer Coach Scolari Resigns After World Cup Humiliation

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Former Brazil Soccer Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
Former Brazil soccer coach Luiz Felipe Scolari reacts during the third place play-off football match between Brazil and Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup at the National Stadium in Brasilia, on July 12, 2014. Photographer: Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images

July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Luiz Felipe Scolari’s resignation as coach of the Brazilian team was accepted by the national soccer federation after the host lost its final two World Cup games by a combined 10-1 to Germany and the Netherlands.

President Jose Maria Marin said in a statement yesterday on the federation’s website that the resignation of Scolari, 65, and his staff was approved.

Marin scheduled a news conference for July 17. No replacement for Scolari was immediately announced.

“Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude for what they have offered to our football,” Marin said.

Brazil, a record five-time champion, lost to Germany 7-1 in the semifinals and by 3-0 to the Dutch in the third-place match.

Scolari and assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira said before and during the tournament that Brazil would win its sixth title.

“Our population, our supporters don’t expect any different,” Scolari said during the World Cup. “They want us to tell them what we want and how we are going to get it.”

It’s the end of Scolari’s second stint leading Brazil. He took the team featuring Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo to victory in the 2002 World Cup final with a 2-0 win against Germany in Yokohama, Japan.

Scolari returned as Brazil’s coach in November 2012, replacing Mano Menezes.

He coached Portugal’s national team to the 2004 European Championship final before taking lucrative assignments with Chelsea of England’s Premier League and Uzbekistan’s Bunyodkor.

He was fired by Sao Paulo club Palmeiras two months before becoming Brazil’s coach a second time.

Semifinal Loss

In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on June 8, Germany stunned the host nation with five first-half goals. Some Brazilian fans at the stadium burst into tears and hundreds began to leave the arena before halftime.

Scolari said his players “blanked out” during the first half. He later defended the squad’s performance in reaching the semifinals, saying it was the furthest Brazil had gotten since the 2002 tournament.

A World Cup host never previously lost a game by more than three goals, and Brazil hadn’t allowed more than five in an entire World Cup since 1998.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Rio de Janeiro at aduff4@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net Jay Beberman, Rob Gloster

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