7 Possible Replacements for Brazil Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJuly 15, 2014

7 Possible Replacements for Brazil Head Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari

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    Brazil head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned from his role with the national team after a disappointing World Cup on home soil, as BBC Sport reported.

    The former Chelsea manager saw his team defeated 7-1 in the semi-final before losing 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place play-off.

    It seemed only a matter of time before the Brazilian Football Confederation would look for a new man, and they will now start that process after the departure of Scolari.

    Here we take a look at some of the candidates to take over as Brazil head coach.

Tite

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    Corinthians manager Tite is widely tipped as a front-runner to become the next Brazil boss.

    The former defensive midfielder, who played for Caxias, Esportivo-RS, Portuguesa and Guarani in his career, is in his second spell as Corinthians boss.

    Tite, whose full name is Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, has enjoyed outstanding success in recent seasons with the club, winning the 2011 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, the 2012 Club World Cup and Copa Libertadores.

    In 2013, he took Corinthians to the Campeonato Paulista and the Recopa Sudamericana.

    Spanish newspaper Marca recently reported how Tite was the favourite to land the job in the eyes of the Brazilian media.

Muricy Ramalho

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    When considering a successor for Scolari, Muricy Ramalho deserves serious contemplation.

    And Brazilian legend Zico also believes the Sao Paulo head coach should be the next national boss, as Luke Norman of the Daily Mail reported.

    Zico is quoted as saying: "He (Ramalho) is one the greatest champions of the Brazilian league, which is one of the hardest in the world to win."

    Ramalho won three successive Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A titles for Sao Paulo between 2006 and 2008, and he has scored more recent successes in the Campeonato Paulista, Copa Libertadores and Recopa Sudamericana with Santos.

    He returned to Sao Paulo from Santos a year ago after missing out on the title before Neymar's departure for Barcelona.

Pep Guardiola

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    There is little you will not know about the architect of Barcelona's recent domination of European football, but signing Pep Guardiola would be a major coup for Brazil.

    Guardiola guided Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in record time last season, but the heavy Champions League defeat to Real Madrid saw the Spaniard criticised by the club's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer, as Marca (h/t David Kent of the Daily Mail) reported.

    It is unlikely that Guardiola would be tempted from the Allianz Arena just one year into his work at the club, though.

    But his style of play would be welcomed without question by Brazil football supporters.

Jose Mourinho

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    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is the man Brazil want to replace Scolari, claimed Luis F Rojo of Marca recently.

    It is an understandable link with the success the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan head coach has enjoyed in his career.

    And his ability to organise a defence will not have gone unnoticed by the CBF after Brazil's back line simply fell apart in the semi-final defeat to Germany.

    However, Mourinho has been back at Stamford Bridge for just one season, and he is unlikely to switch roles now.

Zico

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    In a Hall of Fame which includes the likes of Pele, Jairzinho and Socrates, the name of Zico ranks very highly for his performances with the national team.

    His finishing and passing abilities as a player were rarely matched, and he remains a legendary figure for Brazilian football fans.

    Turning to Zico to replace Scolari would be a major gamble by the CBF, but a hugely popular one among the more romantic supporters.

    Zico, though, does have some successes in his coaching CV to back any claim for the Brazil job, after guiding Japan to the 2004 Asian Cup and becoming the first manager to take Fenerbahce into the Champions League quarter-finals in 2008.

    His last role was as Al-Gharafa coach, which he left in January this year.

Marcelo Oliveira

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    The current Cruzeiro manager could be an outside bet to succeed Scolari with the national team.

    Marcelo de Oliveira Santos, 59, took over at Cruzeiro in Brazil one year ago, and he made an immediate impact by leading the team to the Campeonato Mineiro this year.

Abel Braga

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    Former Paris Saint-Germain defender Abel Braga won one cap for Brazil during his playing career, but his experience as a manager is extensive.

    Braga, 61, is currently in his fourth spell in charge of Internacional, where he found most success as a manager in 2006 when he guided the team to the Club World Cup and the Copa Libertadores.

    But after only rejoining the club in January this year, it is unlikely he would leave to replace Scolari quite so quickly.