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Football: I need a hug, says former Brazil coach Scolari on Gremio return

Published on Jul 31, 2014 9:07 AM
 
Brazil's former national team coach Luiz Felipe Scolari arrives at the Salgado Filho airport, before being presented to the media as the new coach of Gremio, in Porto Alegre, on July 30, 2014. Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club after an 18-year absence. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SAO PAULO (REUTERS) - Luiz Felipe Scolari said he needed a hug and some affection as the former Brazil coach returned on Wednesday to his favourite club Gremio after an 18-year absence.

Scolari has endured three miserable weeks after his Brazil side crashed to an unprecedented 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of a home crowd in Belo Horizonte in their World Cup semi-final.

The 65-year-old was officially fired by Brazil on July 14, one day after the World Cup ended and two days after his side suffered another embarrassing result, a 3-0 loss to Netherlands in the third-place match.

"I've been here twice before and always had a marvellous relationship," Scolari told a news conference as he was officially presented at the Porto Alegre club. "I came back at this moment because I need a hug, some affection, people who know me and Gremio is the right place, because I know that the players and the supporters will be with me. "Everyone knows that I'm a Gremio fan," added Scolari, who was greeted by more than one hundred fans as he arrived at Porto Alegre airport. "The only invitation that I would accept is from Gremio.

 
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