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Football: Scolari has courage of convictions

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted Sunday he is not under pressure as he bids to take the tournament hosts to a sixth World Cup success. "I will choose my group based on my convictions," Scolari, who led the Selecao to their most recent World Cup triumph in 2002, said. The 65-year-old, who is to name his squad on May 7, has just two more friendlies -- against Panama and Serbia -- to find a winning blend.

Football: Confident Scolari says Brazil must aim high

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Wednesday his charges must aim high and target the title when they host next year's World Cup. "I took on the national side to be champion -- do you think I am going to say anything else?" asked Scolari rhetorically in an address to the Footecon football trade fair in Rio. Having overseen the Selecao's fifth World Cup success in Japan in 2002, Scolari took the reins once more a year ago and promptly secured a resounding Confederations Cup success over world champions Spain last June on home soil.

I'd rather play Spain than Chile in last 16, says Scolari

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari would rather play Spain or the Netherlands if the hosts make the last 16 of the World Cup than South American rivals Chile. Chile are "a pain" to play against because their system is in direct contrast to Brazil's, Scolari said on TV Globo's Esporte Espetacular program.

Football: Hungry Brazil believe in sixth star

Fortified by home advantage, Brazil are bursting to set out in pursuit of their sixth World Cup and coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says he has a good idea of his starting XI. "Big Phil" Scolari already has the kudos which comes from having coached the Selecao to their fifth crown in Japan in 2002, as well as a Confederations Cup final win over world champions Spain six months ago. But following a 5-0 friendly success over Honduras and a 2-1 win in their final friendly of 2013 against Chile, he says his current vintage is maturing nicely and will rise to the challenge.

Football: Brazil eye fringe benefits from Asia visit

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said the door is still open for fringe players to force their way into his World Cup plans as he revealed his squad to face South Korea and Zambia in October friendlies. Scolari will be without experienced goalkeeper Julio Cesar and defender Thiago Silva, who are both injured, for the game with South Korea in Seoul on October 12 and against Zambia, three days later in Beijing. In Cesar's absence, Scolari's 23-man squad includes Atletico Mineiro goalkeeper Victor, who has made only a handful of appearances to date for the Selecao.

Football: Scolari says Brazil embarking on new path

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari insisted his side were still a work in progress despite their Confederations Cup masterclass against world champions Spain here Sunday. Scolari, the architect of Brazil's last World Cup victory in 2002, was the proudest man in the Maracana on Sunday as his remodeled team overwhelmed the fabled Spaniards 3-0 courtesy of two goals from Fred and a sublime effort from Neymar.

Victory would regain lost credibility, says Scolari

By Mike Collett RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Victory over world and European champions Spain in the Confederations Cup final would help Brazil regain lost credibility and respect from their fans, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on the eve of Sunday's match. Four straight wins over Japan, Mexico, Italy and Uruguay en route to Sunday's decider at the Maracana Stadium have boosted optimism that Brazil are building strength in their squad with a home World Cup less than a year away.

Football: Scolari say Brazil have what it takes

Insisting that Spain should not be seen as favourites, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari on Saturday insisted his side have what it takes to beat the world champions in Sunday's Confederations Cup final showdown in Rio. "I don't consider Spain the favourites. In the last six years they have imposed themselves and won so many titles fielding virtually the same team and so that can maybe be an advantage.

Football: We can help build a better Brazil - Scolari

Brazil's football team can help to build a better country as the giant nation wrestles with social unrest amid demands for political reform, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Tuesday. "This is a crucial moment for the Brazilian team," said Scolari as he looked forward to Wednesday's Confederations Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte against South American champions Uruguay.

Football: Scolari's Brazil begin to take shape

Following the chopping and changing of recent years, Brazil appear to have found an equilibrium at the Confederations Cup, where they surged through the group phase to reach the semi-finals. Although Saturday's gripping 4-2 defeat of Italy had no sporting significance, both sides having already qualified, it confirmed Brazil's progress after two straightforward wins over Japan (3-0) and Mexico (2-0). Signs of the revival were first glimpsed in the hosts' final two pre-tournament warm-up games: a 2-2 draw with England and a 3-0 success over France.
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