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The Brazil coach remembers the 1950 team more fondly than some of his compatriots and believes the home crowd will be a 12th player for the Selecao at the World Cup in June

Luiz Felipe Scolari has dismissed any suggestions that the ghosts of the 'Maracanzo' will haunt his Brazil side at this year's World Cup.

Brazil last hosted the tournament in 1950 and needed only to avoid defeat in their final game against Uruguay at the Maracana to become world champions for the first time, but saw their one-goal lead reversed as they conceded twice in the final 24 minutes.

But rather than concerning himself with the pressures of avoiding another disaster when the tournament returns to Brazil this June, the 'Professor' believes his side will draw inspiration from their infamous forerunners.

"My vision of 1950 is entirely different to what most people think," Scolari told a seminar for World Cup coaches in Florianopolis on Wednesday.

"Before 1950 Brazil had never made it to the final – they were the pioneers of the five world titles we have won since then. Those players made it there and made history for Brazil.

"We have built our success on top of theirs. Now we are going to try and get back to the Maracana for this final and remember that team of the 50's because they were fantastic and that's how I'd like Brazilians to remember them."

Also speaking at the conference, Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque warned that the pressure of a demanding home crowd "could come back to bite" Brazil, but Felipao insists his side will draw nothing but strength from the locals.

"We will be playing with 12 players on the pitch," he said.

"How many coaches had the opportunity to play one at home? Very few and now I will be one of them. That is a great a joy."