After losing two home games consecutively for the first time since 1940, Luiz Scolari resigned from his position of head coach of the Brazilian National Football Team.
The 2014 World Cup host nation had a promising build up to the World Cup after defeating reigning World and European champions, Spain in the Confederations Cup Final last year. But this World Cup campaign seemed sluggish from the get-go. The Brazlians seemed to lose everything emotionally during and after an embarrassing loss to Germany that was the Seleção’s worst defeat in history by a score of 7-1. Following the loss to Germany, Brazil went on to lose the 3rd place game to the Netherlands by a score of 3-0.
Announcing before their loss to the Netherlands that he would submit a report to the CBF to make a decision about his future in Brazil, Scoliari said, “After it’s over I will submit my report to the Brazilian Football Confederation and they will make a decision.”
Scolari first managed Brazil in 2001-2002 where he managed a team that had just been given their worst FIFA ranking in their history at number 18. After some controversial managing decisions including the dropping of the legendary Romario, he led the team to their fifth World Cup title. He retired from the Brazil job the following year.
Scolari went on to manage the Portugal National team leading them to the Euro 2004 final and World Cup 2006 semifinals. After leaving Portugal after the Euro 2008 tournament, he led a number of club teams without much success and was appointed Brazil’s head coach once again in November of 2012. His mission was to guide Brazil towards the World Cup. After winning the Confederations Cup,
Brazil had success in the group stage, beating Croatia then drawing with Mexico and finally beating Cameroon. They were taken to penalty kicks against Chile in the Round of 16 before facing Colombia whom them beat 2-1 but during the game against Colombia their star striker, Neymar, was injured and then Thiago Silva received his second yellow card and would be forced to sit out against Germany.
Despite these two defeats the Brazilian Federation seemed to stick by Scolari, “What happened was a tactical error. That was the problem. But we all make mistakes. It can happen to anyone. The important thing is that he did a good job. The campaign and the preparations were good. A base exists,” said Marco Del Polo who’s the incoming CBF President.
A base for Brazilian football may exist, but the trust in the coach from the Brazilian people does not any longer. That among other reasons explains tonight’s decision by Scolari to resign.