|(World Cup) Scolari resigns as Brazil coach
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned after the team failed to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation said Monday.
Scolari promised to win the tournament at home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals by a disastrous 7-1 loss to eventual champion Germany that matched the national team's worst defeat in its 100-year history. Brazil also lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
Scolari's contract ended after the World Cup and he handed over the command of the team after Saturday's match, saying it would be up to the confederation to decide whether he would remain at the helm of the five-time world champions.
In a statement, the confederation said President Jose Maria Marin accepted what it called "Scolari's resignation.''
"Scolari and his staff deserve our respect and our gratitude,'' the statement said. "They were responsible for making the Brazilian people regain their love for the Selecao even though we did not reach our greater goal (of winning the title).''
Scolari's replacement was not immediately announced. Assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title, was also leaving.
The confederation said Marin would give further explanations in a news conference on Thursday. --AP