Football

Scolari leaves his fate to CBF president

Disgraced Brazil coach peeved at questions about his future, leaves decision to CBF president

THIRD-PLACE PLAY-OFF

BRAZIL 0

HOLLAND 3

(Robin van Persie 3-pen, Daley Blind 16, 
Georginio Wijnaldum 90+1)

Luiz Felipe Scolari has left a decision on his future as coach of Brazil to the country's federation after the World Cup hosts' campaign ended in more disappointment.

"It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyse what needs to be done," said Scolari after Brazil lost 3-0 to Holland in the third-place play-off in Brasilia this morning (Singapore time).

"I'm not going to discuss (my future) with you. Winning or losing, that is what we would have done."

Scolari's contract expires with the end of Brazil's campaign but there have been suggestions that he could stay on until the end of the year.

This morning's loss came on top of Tuesday's 7-1 mauling by Germany in the semi-finals in Belo Horizonte.

Brazil fans expressed disgust with their team, with many hoping Germany will win the final rather than see neighbours Argentina lift it in Rio de Janeiro tomorrow morning.

"I am supporting Holland - our team are useless," spat businessman Diogo Chaer, who even wore a Dutch shirt in the capital.

In Rio, Brazilians began to leave the Fan Fest even before half-time with their side trailing 2-0 and still clearly feeling the effects of their horror show against Germany.

Lucas Carvalho, a 23-year-old electrical engineer, brazenly wore a Dutch jersey and orange top hat, though he added a Brazil scarf.

"I was in Belo Horizonte (for the Germany game). That's why I am wearing the Dutch shirt. I stayed to the end against Germany - I'll remember that historic match for years," he said.

Brazil players apologised to fans after the match.

"I don't think we deserved for it to end like this," captain Thiago Silva said in a televised interview.

"We need to apologise to the fans, they booed us at the end, which is normal, they have feelings too. It's very tough."

Midfielder Oscar looked totally deflated after the defeat in Brasilia.

"What can you say? We came here hoping to win third place but we didn't, it wasn't our day," Oscar said.

"We lost, there's nothing to say.

"We lost a goal in two, three minutes and we were chasing the game.

"We are all very sad, the people are very sad, but we tried and we tried till the end."

- Wire Services.


It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyse what needs to be done. I’m not going to discuss (my future) with you. Winning or losing, that is what we would have done.

- Luiz Felipe Scolari

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