Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari determined to win World Cup on home soil
Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari is determined to win the World Cup on home soil in 2014, emulating Italy legend Vittorio Pozzo's double success.
Felipão won the 2002 tournament with the Seleção and is looking to repeat the feat after taking over from Mano Menezes in November 2012.
The 64-year-old has revealed that the potential to win next year’s tournament in Brazil is what tempted him to return to the role.
He told La Gazzetta dello Sport: "Now it's up to us to win the World Cup at home.
"Playing a World Cup at home and going down in history tempted me back. The only coach who has won two World Championships was Vittorio Pozzo, in 1934 and 1938. I want to be the second.
"Italy lost a World Cup at home, France and Germany as well. All three, however, have also won one at home. Now it's our turn: this is what I will say to the team.
"I want to talk only of positive things. Before the final of the 2002 World Cup, we did not speak of the problem with Ronaldo in 1998 and with him we won."
Next up for Scolari and the national team is an international friendly with Italy on March 21, before they head to England for a game against Russia at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge four days later.