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Thursday, 27 June, 2002, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK

Scolari set to stand down

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says that he will be unemployed on Monday even if his team wins the World Cup the day before.

He says there has been no change to the original agreement, made with the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) when he took over one year ago.

" On Monday, I will be unemployed "
Luis Felipe Scolari

The terms were that he would coach the four-times world champions until the end of the 2002 World Cup.

Brazil meet Germany in the final on Sunday.

"My stint with the Brazil team finishes on Sunday when we finish the job we had agreed with the president (of the CBF)," he said on Thursday.

"After all this, I want to go home and get away from everything. On Monday, I will be unemployed."

Scolari, who became Brazil's fourth coach in a year when he took over with the team at one of the lowest ebbs in their history, would not say what he will do after the World Cup.

He refused to hint at whether he might he persuaded to stay on.

"I want seven days away from football and afterwards let's see what happens in my life," the former Gremio and Palmeiras coach said.

Coaching Brazil at the World Cup had taught him many things, Scolari said, which he hoped to use during the rest of his career.

"It's been a wonderful experience. The World Cup is a wonderful stage for a coach and I never imagined being here," he said.

The man known universally as Big Phil said he would like one day to coach a different country at the World Cup finals.


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