Scolari named Brazil boss for second time


Luiz Felipe Scolari has been named as the new manager of Brazil, 10 years after he led his country to World Cup success.
'Big Phil' has been handed the reins after Mano Menezes was sacked following a poor run of form.
Chelsea target Pep Guardiola had also been linked with the job but the path is now clear for him to take over at Stamford Bridge in the summer.
Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to their fourth world title in 1994, is expected to be named technical director.
In his first stint as coach, Scolari took over with a team in disarray, turned around the situation and led them to an unexpected triumph against all odds in barely more than a year at the helm, resisting public demand for him to pick an aging Romario.
However, many feel that the 64-year-old, who declined an offer to continue after the 2002 tournament, has lost his magic touch.
In his most recent job, he quit Palmeiras in September after a dismal run left them near the bottom of the Brazilian championship. They did not recover and were later relegated.
Scolari will have to cope with huge pressure and enormous expectations from his 190 million compatriots ahead of the 2016 World Cup in Brazil.

Brazil’s vast and fickle army of supporters always expect them to win the World Cup and the pressure will be even greater as the country hosts the event.
Their failure to win on home soil in 1950, when Uruguay beat them in the decisive match before a 200,000 crowd at the Maracana, still rankles and the members of that team found themselves shunned for years afterwards.
'Pressure will be great at the World Cup and that’s understandable, and we need someone who can cope with that,' CBF president Jose Maria Marin told reporters at an event in Sao Paulo.
'We need everyone to get behind the new coach.
'We did a thorough evaluation and what we need is someone with the right skills, dedication and experience. I am absolutely certain that the fans will be happy with our choice,' added Marin.