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Football: Confident Scolari says Brazil must aim high

Published on Dec 12, 2013 6:16 AM
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Brazilian national soccer team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari speaks during the 10th edition of Footecon, an international soccer forum, in Rio de Janeiro on Dec 11, 2013. Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013, his charges must aim high and target the title when they host next year's World Cup. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AFP) - Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013, his charges must aim high and target the title when they host next year's World Cup.

"I took on the national side to be champion - do you think I am going to say anything else?" asked Scolari rhetorically in an address to the Footecon football trade fair in Rio.

Having overseen the Selecao's fifth World Cup success in Japan in 2002, Scolari took the reins once more a year ago and promptly secured a resounding Confederations Cup success over world champions Spain last June on home soil.

That win has prompted domestic pundits to demand more of the same next June with Brazil desperate to win the tournament for the first time in front of their own fans - they were stunned in the 1950 final in Rio by little neighbours Uruguay.

 
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