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POSER OVER WHETHER BRAZIL WILL ACCEPT A FOREIGN COACH

The debate in football-made Brazil now is not whether Luiz Felipe Scolari should go or stay.

It's about whether foreign talent or domestic know how is the way forward.

In the aftermath of Brazil's semi-final loss to Germany and yesterday morning's defeat by Holland in the third-place play-off, critics and experts had voiced their support for both trains of thought.

Right back Dani Alves is the latest to advocate a foreign coach, although that will be a major cultural shock for a nation raised on samba football and the "jogo bonito" from their heyday.

Barcelona defender Alves said: "I think a foreign coach could add something. I'm not going to start a campaign for any coach to come but I don't see any demerit (in appointing a foreign coach). They can bring things that are different to our football."

EVOLUTION

"I think the best way to evolve is sometimes to admit that somebody else does things better than you. There's nothing wrong with saying that, whether it be in football or anything else in life."

Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho, who himself is in running for the job, backed Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as potential candidates to replace Scolari.

"Football is in the here and now," the 58-year-old told ESPN Brasil. "Moments come and I think now is the turn of Tite (Adenor Leonardo Bacchi). He has been a winner of titles. He must be on the list for selection.

"If not a Brazilian, it has to be the best. Guardiola would be my preference. Or Mourinho. We have to have a top boss, who has those trademarks. A good operator. Between the two, I'd say Guardiola. But it will be the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) that decides. This is my opinion and I'm giving it."

Ramalho has the support of Brazil legend Zico, who said: "He is one the greatest champions of the Brazilian league, which is one of the hardest in the world to win."

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the scorer of 52 goals in his 10-year international career added: "We need to choose new people with new thoughts about how to play the Brazilian way.

TRUE FOOTBALL?

"(Johan) Cruyff has said we are not playing true Brazilian football. (Jose) Mourinho has said it doesn't seem like we know how to use our talent to play true football. I don't know why we don't listen to these great minds of football."

Zico was also critical of Scolari's tactics, saying: "We had no alternatives. They stayed focused entirely on the success of the 2013 Confederations Cup. They kept the same formation and the same team. Everyone had a year to work out exactly how to play against Brazil."

Tite is said to be the favourite to take Scolari's place. He is out of work since leaving Corinthians at the end of last year, having led them to the Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup Double in 2012. - Wire Services.

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