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Scolari's nephew killed in car crash

Two days before the start of the World Cup, Brazilian coach Santiago Scolari's nephew was killed in a car accident on Tuesday.

Police has confirmed that Tarcisio Joao Schneider, 48 was killed after crashing into a truck near the city of  Passo Fundo, Scolarri's hometown in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, Reuters reported.

Confirmation that Schneider was Scolari's nephew was given a spokesman for Brazil's football confederation. 

The truck driver suffered no injuries, Schneider was alone in his car, a police spokesman told Reuters​

This was Scolari’s second loss in the family in less than a month.

In late May, as Brazil started training for the World Cup, he attended the funeral of a brother-in-law in Rio Grande do Sul.  Felipao, as Scolari is known in Brazil, started his second spell as the national team’s coach in 2012.  

After leading Brazil to their fifth World Cup win in 2002, he was widely seen as one of the few experienced names capable of handling Brazilians’ huge expectations of a triumph on home soil.

Source: Reuters