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Scolari demands tougher opponents for Brazil

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New Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has told reporters that he intends to speak with UAE-based company International Sports Events (ISE) to ensure that Brazil face strong opponents ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

ISE signed a contract with former CBF chief Ricardo Teixeira in November 2011 which allows them to arrange the Seleção's fixture list, however Felipão admits he is not happy with the arrangement.

The new National Team head coach told his first press conference: "It's not that we can't choose [the opponent]. But, there is a probably a clause with the company that controls this area and, where possible, we will ask that they help find us strong opponents. It's important."

Since the Olympic Games this summer, Brazil have been criticised for not always facing challenging opponents, with games against South Africa, China and Iraq coming under the microscope.

In the past eighteen months, Brazil have also faced Gabon and Egypt in encounters they were never expected to lose, with new CBF chief Jose Marin admitting that his organisation no longer controlled who the side would be facing.

In 2013, however, Brazil have already lined up home and away fixtures with England, as well as an encounter with France, all ahead of the Confederations Cup in June.


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