Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has decided to step down from his role after the embarrassing exit from the World Cup. Brazil were one of the favourites to win the World Cup as it was hosted on home soil for the first time since 1950. It looked like most of the predictions were about to come true after Brazil played against Germany in the semi-final of the competition. However, Brazil’s worst fears came alive after they were beaten 7-1 by a ruthless German team. This remains as the worst defeat in the entire history of Brazilian national team football.
Despite this defeat, Scolari appeared defiant of staying in the job and took on Netherlands in the third-place play-off. A victory would have given some pride back to the national team, but they suffered another embarrassing 3-0 defeat to the Dutch. Scolari refused to step down after the match, but he is now understood to have handed his resignation to the Brazilian football Federation. The former Chelsea manager led Brazil to the Confederations Cup last summer, but conceding 10 goals in two matches towards the end of the competition proved disastrous.
The fallout from the defeat has been vicious, as Scolari has been targeted along with striker Fred by the home supporters. "Luiz Felipe Scolari and his fellow coaching staff surrendered their positions to the board. Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude.
They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the national team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal,” said a statement from the Brazil FA.
Scolari was without key players like Thiago Silva and Neymar for the defeat against Germany, but he has been criticised for his squad selection.
He left out a number of big-name players in favour of players like Jo and Fred.