Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led Brazil to a World Cup triumph in 2002, is slated to take control of the national team again, according to ESPN.
Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to become the next Brazil manager, according to reports.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 28, 2012
UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 29 at 8:10 a.m. ET by Tim Daniels
ESPN reports Brazil's choice of Scolari has now been confirmed. He will officially take over the national team for a second time, with hopes he can match his previous results.
BREAKING: Luiz Felipe Scolari has been confirmed as Brazil's new manager.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 29, 2012
The pressure on him will be immense. That said, it was last time as well and he figured out a way to navigate Brazil to the World Cup title.
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Scolari, also known as "Big Phil," will take over for Mano Menezes, who was dismissed last week after failing to reach the sky-high expectations of the Brazilian Football Confederation.
The country is hosting the 2014 World Cup and it's become clear anything less than winning the trophy on home soil will be a major disappointment. The confederation hopes bringing back the last manager to lead the Canarinho to the coveted title will improve their chances.
Scolari inherits a talented roster featuring rising stars like Neymar and Oscar. They haven't illustrated their usual level of dominance in recent years, however, prompting the coaching change.
The veteran manager is tasked with getting all the pieces to fit together. Based on talent alone, Brazil remains one of the top contenders looking ahead to 2014, but finding top form without the benefit of qualifying matches is a tough task.
It's also a chance at redemption for Scolari. He was never heralded as one of the best managers in the national team's history despite the World Cup victory, leaving the post just months after winning the title.
Now, he's back with a chance to get Brazil back on track in time for another run at glory. Should he get the Canarinho back atop the international football world, he would undoubtedly get the worldwide acclaim that he deserves.
Brazil took a chance by deciding the switch managers at this stage. It could backfire in a major way if Scolari isn't able to rekindle the old magic, but the confederation clearly though it was worth the risk involved.
The team isn't scheduled to play again until a friendly with England next February. Scolari will use that time to determine what direction he wants to take the team moving forward.
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