Scolari unhappy about players switching nationality amid Costa to Spain rumours
Brazil national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is irked by talk of players switching nationality.
Forward Diego Costa is strongly expected to turn his back on Brazil - the country of his birth - and play international football Spain. His Atletico Madrid team-mate Leo Baptistao has also been linked with a similar change.
While refusing to talk about Costa and Baptistao directly, Scolari is unhappy with the way players can seemingly change so easily.
“FIFA are going back to the rules of the 30s, 40s and 50s, when Mazzola played for Brazil and Italy. Like what happened with Di Stefano and Puskas,” he said at a press conference earlier this week, as reported by AS.
“Soon a country will be able to sign 20 players and set up their national side. They could play 100 friendlies, but when they play their 101st for a country that’s when FIFA recognises it”.
“I’m not going to talk about it, I think it’s odd but I want be the one to dispute this with FIFA. It’s different to how I imagined it would be.”
If given approval by FIFA, Costa could be selected by Spain manager Vicente del Bosque for their World Cup qualifiers next month.