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Brazil federation president-elect: Scolari should stay

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari should keep his job because of the good work he did during his 19 months in charge, even though the hosts were humiliated 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals of the World Cup.

That's the view of the president-elect of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

"To me, he stays," Marco Polo Del Nero (above) told the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper, in an interview published yesterday. "What happened was a tactical error. That was the problem.

"But we all make mistakes. It can happen to anyone.

"The important thing is that he did a good job. The campaign and the preparations were good. A base exists."

It was the first time Del Nero or Jose Maria Marin, the man he will replace as the CBF president next April, has spoken about the historic defeat.

Meanwhile, Scolari has called the Selecao to forget their semi-final capitulation, as they head into the third-place play-off against Holland in Brasilia tomorrow morning (Singapore time).

"I know my career will be marked by this defeat," said Scolari this morning.

"But we have an obligation to move on and think about the next goal, which in this case is the match for third place on Saturday in Brasilia.

"We made the semi-finals, the top four teams in the world, and there were a lot of good teams who were knocked out before us.

"I know it's a much-smaller dream than we all wanted, but we have to honour the shirt of the national team."

- Wire Services.

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