Scolari Resigns as Manager of Brazil.
Unsurprisingly, Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as the Manager of the Brazilian football team following their dismally poor performance in their last two matches of the World Cup.
The hosts could only manage 4th overall position after being initial favourites but the placing was probably not the most influential part of Scolari’s decision. The nature of the defeats was more likely to have prompted the resignation after being humiliatingly defeated by the, eventual winners, Germany 7-1 followed by The Netherlands (Holland) in the Third Place Play-off 3-0.
The German match was broke a 39 years run where Brazil had never tasted defeat in a competitive fixture at home. The loss of Neymar with a back injury and Silva due to suspension was the blamed for the team’s poor performance, however, the team never performed to the best of their abilities throughout the World Cup.
Scolari’s decision was formally announced by the Brazilian Football Confederation on their website on Monday night following a meeting between him and the President of the Confederation.
Scolari, 65, previously guided Brazil to lift the World Cup trophy in 2002.
In the released statement, the Brazilian Football Confederation thanked Scolari and the coaching staff stating, “Scolari and his entire coaching staff deserve our respect and gratitude. They were responsible for returning to the Brazilian people your love for the team, despite not having achieved our greatest goal."
It’s expected that there will be a further media conference to follow up on Scolari’s departure.
Manuel Neuer is the new owner of the World Cup Golden Glove. The German goalkeeper was the best goalkeeper in the 2014 World Cup and some say he is reinventing the goalkeeper position with his sweeper runs out of the box.
His timing during those runs is indeed infallible and he is reading the game like a world class sweeper would. When it comes to saves, he wasn't tested that many times in this tournament but those saves he did make, he made them look easy. That's how the great goalkeepers are doing it. Neuer is taking the award from Iker Casillas, the 2010 Golden Glove. The other main candidate for the award was Keylor Navas from Costa Rica, but Neuer overtook him in the final two matches as he made several more sweeper runs - actually not making any notable saves - and that was enough for him to win the award.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer 7.5 - Lahm 7, Boateng 7.5, Hummels 6, Howedes 6 - Kramer 5 (Schurrle 32, 7.5), Schweinsteiger 7.5 - Muller 7.5, Kroos 7, Ozil 6.5 (Mertesacker 119) - Klose 7 (Gotze 88, 7.5). Coach Joachim Low 7.
Argentina (4-2-2-2): Romero 7 - Zabaleta 7.5, Demichelis 6.5, Garay 6.5, Rojo 7 - Biglia 6, Mascherano 7 - Perez 6.5 (Gago 86, 6), Lavezzi 7.5 (Aguero 46, 6) - Messi 7.5, Higuain 6.5 (Palacio 78, 6.5). Coach Alejandro Sabella 7.5.
Goal: Gotze 113.
Man of the match: Andre Schurrle (GER)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) 5.5
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil