Scolari decides to stay with Portugal

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:04 IST

Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has announced that he will stay for two more years to guide Portugal to the World Cup finals in Germany.

Lisbon:

After the Euro 2004 opening loss to Greece, many wanted Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari fired. However, all that changed after Portugal advanced to the final of a major soccer championship for the first time with a 2-1 win over the Netherlands. Scolari capped off the night by announcing he will stay for two more years to guide Portugal to the World Cup finals in Germany. Addressing the head of the Portuguese Soccer Federation Gilberto Madail, who was not present, Scolari said: "Here is the ring. We can be married for another two years." Scolari won the World Cup two years ago for Brazil. Now he's trying to do it for Portugal. "The feelings are different," he said. "Brazil won the World Cup four times before I arrived, and they had nothing to do with me." "Portugal has never reached a final, so in terms of my CV and of personal satisfaction, this is even more important," he added. Wednesday's victory came on the same day two years ago that Scolari won the World Cup with Brazil. It also came on the same day 13 years ago when Portugal won the world under-21 title. (AP)

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