Deco backs Brazil decision to appoint Scolari

The veteran trainer is due to begin his second stint in charge of the Selecao, and his former Chelsea and Portugal protege sees no better man to restore the country's fortunes
Deco has hailed the appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari as Brazil coach and expects the former Palmeiras boss to bring the good times back to the South American nation.

The 64-year-old was named as Mano Menezes' successor in the Selecao hotseat for a second time, with his previous spell culminating in victory at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Brazil have since failed to enjoy such success on the global stage, but the Fluminense midfielder - who worked with Scolari at Portugal and Chelsea - is adamant his two-time mentor is the ideal choice for the role.

"Beside being a good friend, I admire Felipao for all he represents in Brazilian football and has done to help my career," he told ESPN Brasil.

We worked together for many years, so he is a guy that I will always appreciate greatly.

"I believe the idea is bring the Selecao back to the supporters, and he is the guy that knows how to. He has plenty of charisma, star quality and everything to bring the good times back to Brazil."

The naturalised Portugal international's club recently lifted the Brasileiro title, and he admits that he is beginning to contemplate the thought of hanging up his boots.

"If I say that I'm going stop at the end of next year, it's a risk," he added. "But I want to finish on a high. I am 35 years old, so there's not long left.

"I have other plans and other interests, but I can keep that for later. It all depends how next year will pan out and how my body feels so it's very hard to predict [when exactly I will stop playing]."