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Deco backs Brazil's appointment of Luiz Felipe Scolari


Fluminense midfielder Deco has hailed Brazil’s appointment of his former Chelsea and Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as national team coach.

The 64-year-old was named as Mano Menezes' successor for the Seleção hotseat on Thursday for the second time in his career, having guided Brazil to victory in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

Deco is adamant his two-time mentor is the ideal choice for the role and will bring the good times back to the south American nation.

He said: "Beside being a good friend, I admire Felipao for all he represents in Brazilian football and has done to help my career.

We worked together for many years, so he is a guy that I will always appreciate greatly.

"I believe the idea is bring the Seleção back to the supporters, and he is the guy that knows how to. He has plenty of charisma, star quality and everything to bring the good times back to Brazil."

The Portuguese international, who was part of Flu’s Brasileirão winning side this season, revealed he is beginning to contemplate the thought of hanging up his boots.

Deco added: "If I say that I'm going stop at the end of next year, it's a risk," he added. "But I want to finish on a high. I am 35 years old, so there's not long left.

"I have other plans and other interests, but I can keep that for later. It all depends how next year will pan out and how my body feels so it's very hard to predict [when exactly I will stop playing]."  


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