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Scolari Remains Brazil Manager Until Saturday; Tite Is Favorite to Take Over
07/09/2014 - 10h15
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Germany's thrashing of Brazil this Tuesday, July 8th, marks the end of Luiz Felipe Scolari's era as Brazil's manager.
His last day in this position is on Saturday, when Brazil will fight for third place, and is to step down after this year's World Cup.
The Brazilian Football Confederation is going to make his resignation official in the next few days. The name that has been put forward to take over as manager in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia is former Corinthians manager, Tite.
Following this Tuesday's massacre, Scolari played a total of 54 matches at the helm of the Brazilian squad - if we consider both of his stints as manager, between 2001 and 2002 and from 2012 until this World Cup. He has yet to play one more match, for the third place on Saturday, in Brasília.
Scolari has had 74.6% efficiency with Brazil's national team. The team had 38 wins, seven draws and nine defeats. The main titles won by Brazil under his instruction were the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2002 World Cup.
Despite this World Cup's defeat at home, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation urged Scolari to stay in the entity. But the current manager will not stay on as manager. An alternative would be to give him another position within the coaching staff.
Carlos Alberto Parreira, the current assistant manager, should also leave the Brazilian Football Confederation. Tite is the favorite name to replace Scolari and has been unemployed since the end of 2013, after his dismissal from Corinthians.
Tite does not make official comments about the possibility of becoming manager after the end of this year's tournament. However, he has already shown signs that he is the favorite to take the position.
Another name has been put forward: Alexandre Gallo, who currently manages the Brazilian Football Confederation's Football Academy teams.
The issue with Gallo is that he was the one who suggested the tactics put in place by Scolari for the match against Germany, alongside Roque Junior, another observer. We witnessed the result of that at Mineirão.
The new manager will have to start from scratch for the oncoming Playoffs.
Translated by CRISTIANE COSTA LIMA