Brazil Appoint 1994 World Cup Winner Gilmar Rinaldi as Technical Director

Updated: 18 July 2014 13:52 IST

Following their failure to win the World Cup on home soil, Luiz Felipe Scolari and his backroom staff resigned and the Brazilian Football Confederation fired the team doctor and communications head.

Brazil Appoint 1994 World Cup Winner Gilmar Rinaldi as Technical Director
Gilmar Rinaldi replaces 1994 World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. © AFP

Rio de Jeneiro:

Putting a decision on the back burner as to who will succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari as national coach, Brazil on Thursday revealed a revamped technical commission.

Following their failure to win the World Cup on home soil, Scolari and his backroom staff resigned and the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) fired the team doctor and communications head.

The new technical coordinator will be Gilmar Rinaldi, replacing Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach of the Brazil side that won the World Cup in 1994.

Outgoing CBF president Jose Maria Marin, who will give way next year to septuagenarian lawyer Marco Polo Del Nero, said the federation would reflect further on the top job.

But he implied that the target had already been identified.

"If all goes as we expect I hope to be be back here in this same place" making a further announcement, Marin said at the CBF's headquarters in western Rio de Janeiro.

Rinaldo, 55 and Brazil's third-choice goalkeeper at the 1994 World Cup, which Brazil won in the United States, said: "Now we must listen a lot."

He added: "We don't have to copy anybody. The most important thing now is to define what we want."

A shattering 7-1 semi-final loss to eventual winners Germany, which was the Selecao's worst ever World Cup reverse, was followed by a 3-0 third-place play-off humbling by the Netherlands.

Those two setbacks combined to transmit an urgent message to the CBF that top to bottom reform of the Brazilian game is required.

Although former Corinthians coach Tite is the name on most lips as favourite to succeed 2002 World Cup-winner Scolari, the CBF is holding back any appointment for now in order to build from lower down, putting in place a new backroom team.

Marin paid tribute to Scolari and to Parreira for their efforts, despite Brazil's miserable exit when they had sought to go better than the 1950 side who lost the final match to Uruguay in Rio.

"Of the five (champions) stars that we have, Scolari was responsible for one and Parreira for another. We must respect them," he said.

Topics : Brazil Football
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