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The Selecao coach's exit is expected to be announced on Monday after he handed in his resignation, with the World Cup hosts having endured a disastrous end to their campaign

Maicon has defended Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is set to have his resignation confirmed.

The World Cup hosts suffered a humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual champions Germany in the semi-finals before falling to a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Netherlands in the third-place play-off.

But Roma full-back Maicon, who made three appearances at the tournament, believes that Scolari did "a good job".

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"Maybe Brazil did not have the tournament that was expected but the Brazilians have to remember that this is a team built over a year-and-a-half," he remarked to Gazzetta dello Sport.

"The Germany project has been going on for eight years, the Argentines [runners-up] have been together for six. It takes time.

"I believe Scolari and his entire staff have done a good job - this squad has a good mix of experience and youth and has a future.

"After what happened in this World Cup, even those who are less experienced will now have the right mindset to win.

"I do not think that the wound of the 7-1 defeat to Germany will weaken them - in fact, after that night I saw straight away the will to get up - and the defeat in the last game for third place is a chapter we will close quickly."

Scolari previously led Brazil to victory at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

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