Fourth place in the World Cup: not bad. Fourth place in the World Cup after consecutive embarrassing losses as the host nation and favorite to win: cause for change.
Several Brazilian outlets, including Globo TV, have reported that Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari will not be retained as head coach and an official announcement will come later Monday. According to the Associated Press, a Brazilian soccer official confirmed reports that Scolari will not return as coach. His contract was due to expire later this summer.
Reports are conflicting as to whether Scolari resigned or was fired. After his side's loss to the Netherlands Saturday, though, Scolari said that he would leave the decision of his future to Brazil's soccer officials.
It was a disastrous end to the World Cup for Brazil, who reached the semifinals after winning Group A. But Neymar, the team's clear top player, was injured in the quarterfinals and lost for the remainder of the tournament. Eventual champion Germany then beat Brazil 7-1, before the Netherlands smoked the Brazilians 3-0 in the consolation game.
Scolari led Brazil to its last World Cup title in 2002, but he resigned shortly thereafter. He returned in 2012, and won the 2013 Confederations Cup, beating Uruguay and defending World Cup champion Spain in consecutive matches.