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Former Chelsea boss Scolari linked with Sporting Lisbon job

Scolari has expressed his desire to return to European management

Former Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been linked with a return to European management as Sporting Lisbon boss.

The 63-year-old, who was dismissed from Palmeiras last month, has been linked with the vacant position at the Portuguese side, who sacked coach Ricardo Sá Pinto on Friday.

Scolari has expressed his desire to return to European or international football management before retiring from coaching after the 2014 World Cup.

According to Portuguese newspaper Record, the Brazilian’s agent Jorge Mendes, whose clients include José Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo, has been approached about the job.

Acaz Fellegger, Scolari's spokesman, said: "Right now Scolari stays with his family in São Paulo.

"He has heard of the Sporting interest, but there has been no contact with him or with his agent, Jorge Mendes."

Sporting are currently seventh in the league, with just six points from five matches, and are bottom in their Europa League group after two games.

Fellegger also revealed that Scolari will travel to Lisbon next week to promote the 2014 World Cup, which is being held in Rio next.

The World Cup winning coach recently took up an advisory role with Brazil, which involves improving sporting development ahead of the tournament in two years' time.


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