Brazil axe Luiz Felipe Scolariby Jack Kitson / 14 July 2014, 10:53Tweet
Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has become the latest World Cup manager to leave his post after paying the price for his side’s shambolic end to the tournament. The hosts crumbled under immense pressure in the semi-finals after being humiliated by Germany, and then outclassed by Holland in the third place play-off, meaning they had to settle for a deeply disappointing fourth place finish.
Germany stunned the world after thrashing Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte last Tuesday, which Scolari described as the “worst day of my life”. The shocking loss left the five-time winners in absolute tatters, and they were unable to recover from the abysmal display, with Holland piling on more misery by comprehensively winning the third-place match 3-0. It was remarkably the first time in a staggering 74 years that Brazil had lost back-to-back matches on home soil, while the Germany defeat was the heaviest loss in semi-final history.
Scolari memorably led Brazil to World Cup glory 12 years ago in Japan, although that success is now a distant memory following their disastrous exit. The A Seleção headed into this summer’s tournament as the favourites to clinch a sixth golden globe after winning the 2013 Confederation's Cup in style, but in the end departed empty handed, which ultimately cost Scolari and his coaching staff their jobs.
At this early stage in proceedings it is the former Corinthians coach Tite who is being touted as a possible replacement. The 53-year-old is well known in his homeland, with his career highlight leading Corinthians to Copa Libertadores and FIFA Club World Cup success back in 2012. Former Canarinho boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo and Sao Paulo manager Muricy Ramalho are also rumoured to be in the mix, while the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho are long shots for the job.