OFFICIAL: Luiz Felipe Scolari confirmed as new Brazil manager
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) have confirmed that Luiz Felipe Scolari has been re-appointed as Brazil manager, alongside new director of the national team Carlos Alberto Parreira.
Felipão, or Big Phil, has assumed the role as Seleção boss and will lead the national side into next year’s Confederations Cup and the World Cup in 2014, which are both taking place on home soil.
José Maria Marin, CBF president, officially presented the pair at a news conference in Rio de Janeiro earlier today.
He said: "After a thorough analysis, thinking about what would be best for Brazilian football and its fans, we have assumed the responsibility to give the squad to Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlos Alberto Parreira for the World Cup and the Confederations Cup.
"Their experience, track record and history will help Brazil be victorious."
Former boss Mano Menezes was sacked last week after failing to meet expectations, having been knocked out of the 2011 Copa America by Paraguay on penalties, before losing to Mexico in the 2012 Olympics final.
Scolari, 64, is famed for leading Brazil to success at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea, having only taken the job twelve months before the tournament with Brazil struggling to qualify.
The former Palmeiras and Chelsea boss is delighted to have taken the job and is looking forward to working alongside Parreira, who won the 1994 World Cup as Brazil coach.
Scolari said: "I am very happy to return with a large selection for the 2014 World Cup. I’m delighted to work with Carlos Alberto Parreira."
Parreira added: "This will be my fifth World Cup with Brazil. I feel like a kid with a lot of passion, curiosity and interest. Our only goal is to win the World Cup in 2014."
Scolari’s first game in charge of the Seleção is set to be a friendly with England at Wembley in February.