Updates from Monday, July 14
Luiz Felipe Scolari's resignation was confirmed on Monday (via Rupert Fryer of BrasilGlobalTour.com):
CBF have confirmed that Luiz Felipe Scolari has left his role as #BRA coach.— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) July 14, 2014
BREAKING: Luiz Felipe Scolari resigns as Brazil coach #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) July 14, 2014
Earlier, Jack Davies of Goal.com provides a statement from Maicon discussing Scolari with Gazzetta dello Sport:
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.
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.
Brazil were missing Neymar and Thiago Silva in Tuesday's World Cup semi-final against Germany, but manager Luiz Felipe Scolari's side still came out unfathomably flat, losing 7-1 in front of their home crowd.
The Selecao then lost Saturday's consolation match 3-0 to the Netherlands, which turned out to be the final straw for Scolari as Brazil's boss.
According to Paulo Freitas of Sky Sports, Scolari has ended his tenure as coach, and contracts for the rest of his staff have run their course:
Luiz Felipe Scolari has officially resigned and is not Brazil's manager anymore. #Seleção— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) July 14, 2014
Besides Scolari, the rest of his staff such as Parreira and Murtosa also leaving the Brazilian national team as their contracts are over.— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) July 14, 2014
The decision was agreed upon quickly, per Globo (h/t Brooks Peck of Yahoo Sports): "And hours after Germany, the team that beat Brazil 7-1 to begin this horror, edged out Argentina to win the World Cup, it was agreed that Scolari's contract would not be renewed."
BBC Sport added: "Scolari's contract was set to expire after the tournament, and Globo TV—Brazil's leading broadcaster—reports that the resignation will be confirmed on Monday by the CBF, Brazil's football confederation."
Phil McNulty of BBC Sport provided his analysis in the midst of Germany's blowout victory:
Scolari said the other day that his critics "can go to hell". He may find he has roughly 200m of them in about an hour's time.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) July 8, 2014
Infostrada Sports noted how much World Cup success Scolari has had in the past, which still wasn't enough consolation to save him:
Luiz Felipe Scolari will coach his third semifinal match at a World Cup, which is a new all-time record.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) July 8, 2014
Former Brazil World Cup star Ronaldo offered his insight into what went wrong, hinting criticism at Scolari's strategic approach, per the Daily Mirror's Jack Lang:
Ronaldo: "This is really bad. The players are reeling, but it all started with #BRA's tactical set-up."— Jack Lang (@snap_kaka_pop) July 8, 2014
Even without Neymar and Silva, the Germany match was a horrendous display from Brazil, though it's one that shouldn't all be pinned on Scolari. The late goal by Oscar at 90' made no difference in what was an embarrassing, abrupt end to Brazil's World Cup championship hopes.
Scolari apologized for his role afterward, as reported by Sam Borden of The New York Times:
Scolari: "The catastrophic result can be shared with the whole group ... but the results, the person responsible, is me."— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) July 8, 2014
However, it still didn't prevent another cringe-worthy effort against the Netherlands. SportsCenter highlighted how far Brazil had fallen since the Germany defeat:
Netherlands takes 3rd place w/ 3-0 win. Host Brazil finishes 4th after losing final 2 games by combined 10-1 margin. pic.twitter.com/7rnYEBvJyG— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 12, 2014
Although there is nowhere to go but up from the devastating past two results, Scolari's successor has to be ready for heavy expectations and intense scrutiny. Even with his resume, finding another managing gig at the World Cup will be difficult for Scolari, 65, after such lopsided losses.
Having Neymar fully fit for the next World Cup will be critical to the Selecao's chances, but Brazil have a nucleus of players that figure to be shocked. They put forth a poor effort and looked disengaged with each goal Germany netted, then couldn't get up for the Netherlands to salvage third place. Instead of rallying around each other and playing inspired football, they wilted.
Fans and players alike will have to unite and move forward from what might be the most crushing consecutive defeats in Brazil's illustrious history.