The man who orchestrated Brazil’s 2002 FIFA World Cup triumph in Korea & Japan has been re-appointed after the 5 time World champions fired Mano Menezes..
However, methods of old will be recalled as Scolari gets the nod for the first time since he departed his country of birth’s job in after the tournament in 2002. Since then, Scolari has taken charge 4 sides, including Chelsea and Portugal.
Scolari, 64, took charge of Portgual for 5 years after the Brazil job which included a 2004 European championships final loss to Greece as Portugal came runners up as hosts.
During his Chelsea days at Stamford Bridge, Scolari became the first World Cup winning manager to win the Premier League, but after just 8 months fell victim to the harsh sacking mindset of blues owner, Roman Abramovich.
However, his return to the international scene for Scolari comes at a crucial moment, as they prepare to host the 2014 World Cup.
Brazil have failed to make it past the last 8 of both World Cup since Scolari’s 2002 success and after failing to win gold in football at the Olympic‘s the Brazilian FA had enough ( a tournament taken very seriously in South America), however, Menez had recently won the Superclassico de las Americas vs rivals Argentina.
Scolari has made a point over how thankful he is to be given the job which he once took control of so well, and believes there is no pressure.
“I was under pressure the first time – when we were in danger of not going to the World Cup,” he said.
Scolari will restore a belief in the Brazilian national team which will be considered one of the favorites for the tournament in two years time; with the likes of Oscar, Hulk and young Santos star, Neymar building a core that could set the stage alight.
He will have a chance to prove what his side can show in the Confederations Cup next summer, the fixtures of which will be drawn tomorrow. Although competitive football is minimal without any qualifying rounds (Brazil qualify as hosts) for the World Cup.
Scolari is considered on of the World’s finest international managers and having turned down the Russian post recently, the job change for the Brazil team has certainly put them, on paper, as real contenders for the famous golden trophy in 2014, as Brazil look to win it in their own back yard, bettering their 1950 failings as hosts, were they finished as runners up to Uruguay.
Stowe Gregory @stowegregory