Sao Paulo: Brazil today officially announced Luiz Felipe Scolari as their coach to lead them through to the 2014 World Cup finals on home soil, replacing Mano Menezes, sacked last week. (Agencies)
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) named 2002 World Cup winner Scolari for a second spell at the helm as he targets a sixth world title with the auriverde in 18 months time, using next year's Confederations Cup, also in Brazil, as a springboard.
Carlos Alberto Parreira, who managed Brazil's successful 1994 World Cup campaign in the United States, will serve as Scolari's technical assistant as Brazil bid to shrug off two poor World Cup showings where they failed to make it past the quarter-finals.
"It's with great pleasure I return to involvement with the Brazilian team," beamed Scolari. "I am happy to work with people who have confidence in me and happy to have at my side someone to share in this task - that is, Parreira.
"The World Cup project is starting off strongly," said 'Felipao'. "The objective is clear - to win the World Cup in 2014," added Scolari, who insisted that "I don't feel under pressure."
In 26 games under his previous stewardship Brazil won 19 and lost six - including an initial 2002 qualifier against Uruguay and a post World Cup friendly against Paraguay.
"Our sole commitment is to seek out and offer the best for our football and it is in this vein that we have chosen these two great champions, respected not just in our country but worldwide," CBF president Jose Maria Marin told a news conference.
Marin had coyly avoided naming Scolari on Wednesday even as the media plastered the image of the 64-year-old all over newspaper front pages, while saying the CBF wanted "someone who can face up to the pressure of the post."
That pressure -- and inveterate impatience at the CBF and among fans -- ensured Menezes was a dead man walking after Brazil lost the chance to end their Olympic gold medal duck in losing the London Games final to Mexico.
Scolari was out of work after parting company with Palmeiras last September -- the team were later relegated.
Sao Paulo: Brazil today officially announced Luiz Felipe Scolari as their coach to lead them through to the 2014 World Cup finals on home soil, replacing Mano Menezes, sacked last week.