Parreira replaces Scolari as Brazil coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Carlos Alberto Parreira, the man who guided Brazil to its fourth World Cup title in 1994, will try for No. 6 in Germany.

Parreira replaces Scolari as Brazil coach

Rio De Janeiro:

The man who set the precedent will again try to do the unprecedented. Carlos Alberto Parreira, the man who guided Brazil to its fourth World Cup title in 1994, will try for No. 6 in Germany. The 59-year-old Parreira, who is making his third appearance as coach of the world's biggest soccer power, was appointed coach on Wednesday by Brazil's soccer confederation. His contract runs through the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Parreira replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who led the team to its fifth World Cup victory in 2002. Before 1994, Italy, Germany and Brazil each had won three titles, and each believed they would win their fourth in the United States. "It's a challenge for any coach to direct 'Selecao.' Now we have to think of the future. We begin by working for our sixth championship. The objective is always the World Cup,'' Parreira said. Parreira said he would maintain the same base of players who were on Brazil's World Cup-winning team last summer, but also said he would test a new generation of young stars like Robinho and Diego of Santos. Confederation president Ricardo Texeira said Mario Zagallo, Brazil's coach at the 1998 World Cup where the team lost to France in the finals, will be part of Parreira's coaching staff, as he was at the 1994 World Cup. During the 1994 World Cup campaign, Parreira was widely criticized for abandoning Brazil's trademark "art soccer'' and replacing it with a more European style. The grumbling continued even after the team won the cup. When he left the team, he said he was through with the national team. "I've performed my mission for Brazil by helping in the fourth world title conquest, and I have no desire to manage Brazil again,'' Parreira said in 1994. Parreira was also criticized for a lacklustre performance as a club coach following the 1994 tournament. But he silenced his critics last year by leading Brazilian club side Corinthians to victory in the Copa Brasil and the Rio-Sao Paulo soccer tournament, and to the finals of the national championships, where they lost to Santos. "I have Corinthians to thank for this job,'' he said. Besides the 1994 World Cup, Parreira led Brazil in the 1983 Copa America. He was fired after Brazil finished runner-up to Uruguay. Parreira has coached Brazil in 61 games, winning 32, drawing 20 and losing only nine. The announcement of Parreira came as a surprise since Oswaldo de Oliveira, who coaches Sao Paulo, had long been considered a shoe-in for the job. The national squad's first game under the new coach will be a friendly against China to be played on February 12, probably in Hong Kong. Parreira's first test is likely to come in June's Confederations Cup in France, which includes the hosts, Cameroon, Colombia, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States. The draw is on February 12. (AP)



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