Scolari: Brazil bosses can decide my future

The Selecao coach claims that his side did not play badly in their 3-0 defeat to Netherlands on Saturday and argues that he could continue in the job after the World Cup
By Ben Hayward in Brazil

Luiz Felipe Scolari is adamant that he will not resign as Brazil boss, despite his side's second damaging defeat in the space of five days.

The Selecao were brutally beaten 7-1 by Germany in their World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday and were unable to restore any pride as they went down 3-0 to Netherlands in the third-place play-off.

Before this competition, Brazil had not lost a home game since 2002 and were unbeaten in tournament football in their nation since 1975 but back-to-back defeats - and 10 goals conceded - in the space of five days have left fans frustrated and the 65-year-old pressed on his future.

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But Scolari was stubborn as he faced the press after defeat to the Dutch and insisted that the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) will decide his future.

"It was an evenly balanced game," he stated. "The players should be praised for the way they played. We didn't play badly - that's my opinion.

Scolari added: "Now is not the time to talk about [my future]. I'll put together my report and tell the [CBF] president what I think went wrong and he will decide what he wants for the future. We have lost another match but life goes on.

"A year ago, I won the Confederations Cup. It's nothing to do with the coaches.

"The thing is that we have a very young team. We are not producing enough players so it's not as simple as another coach coming in to recycle things."