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Tuesday, 12 June, 2001, 19:57 GMT 20:57 UK
Scolari named Brazil coach
Brazil's new coach coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
Brazil's new coach coach Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari has been named as Brazil's new coach.

Scolari, who becomes Brazil's third national team coach in less than a year, replaces Emerson Leao.

Leao resigned immediately after Brazil's dismal performance at the Confederations Cup in Japan and South Korea.

The national side were beaten 1-0 by Australia in the third/ fourth place play-off in the tournament on Sunday.

Brazil are wallowing in fourth position in their 10-strong World Cup qualifying group where only the top four win automatic qualification for the 2002 even in Japan and South Korea.

If it's possible we're going to try to rescue the identity and the confidence of the national team
  Luiz Felipe Scolari, Brazil's new coach

Scolari is the third man to head the team in the last nine months.

Ricardo Teixeira, the president of the Brazilian soccer confederation, made the official announcement at a news conference in Brasilia, presenting Scolari with a national team jacket.

Scolari pulled off 10 major titles in Brazil during the 1990s and is the only coach to ever lead two different teams to victory in the Libertadores Cup, which he won at the helm of Gremio in 1995 and with Palmeiras in 1999.

In this year's Libertadores Cup, he led Cruzeiro to the semi-finals, where they lost to Palmeiras.

Scolari said he was not sure if his team would play the attacking game that has become the hallmark of Brazil teams of the past but qualifying for the World Cup was the main objective.

"If it's possible we're going to try to rescue the identity and the confidence of the national team," he said.

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