Grêmio head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admits that he needs a hug
Luiz Felipe Scolari has endured a miserable few weeks after his Brazil side crashed to a demoralising 7-1 defeat by eventual winners Germany in their World Cup semi-final.
The 65-year-old has now returned to coach Grêmio, however, after an 18-year absence. Scolari was officially presented at the Porto Alegre club on Wednesday and took the opportunity to ask those at his favourite club for some affection.
"I've been here twice before and always had a marvellous relationship," Scolari told a news conference.
"I came back at this moment because I need a hug, some affection, people who know me and Grêmio is the right place, because I know that the players and the supporters will be with me.
"Everyone knows that I'm a Grêmio fan.
"The only invitation that I would accept is from Gremio.
"I'm at home and happy to be at Gremio again. There's nothing better than being here today."
Scolari had a brief spell at Grêmio in 1987 before returning in 1993. He won the Copa do Brasil in 1994, Libertadores Cup in 1995 and the Brazilian championship the following year.
Scolari replaces Enderson Moreira who was fired on Sunday after his side lost at home to Coritiba in the Brazilian championship, leaving the Tricolor 10th in the table with 19 points from 12 games.