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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has stepped down from his position after the country’s failure to win the 2014 World Cup hosted on home soil.

Scolari’s resignation will be confirmed today by Brazil’s football confederation, CBF, according the country’s leading broadcaster Globo TV.

The five-time world champions were thrashed 7-1 by eventual winners Germany in the semi-finals of the tournament, after which the 65-year-old coach said “he will be remembered as the coach who lost 7-1.”

Luiz Felipe Scolari Resigns After Brazil's World Cup Disappointment. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.
Luiz Felipe Scolari Resigns After Brazil’s World Cup Disappointment. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

The hosts then conceded the third-place playoff 3-0 to the Netherlands.

During the defeat by the Dutch, Scolari was booed every time he appeared on the stadium’s giant screen.

Brazil finished top of Group A after two wins and a draw from their three matches, before subsequent wins over Chile and Colombia in the last 16 and quarter-finals, the latter coming at a cost as they lost their talisman Neymar to injury and skipper Thiago Silver to suspension.

In the absence of the duo, Germany sealed Brazil’s fate in 29 minutes, within which they had banged in five goals.

Scolari was first named Brazil coach in 2001 and guided them to their fifth World Cup triumph in 2002, beating Germany 2-0 in Yokohama, Japan.

But after spells in charge of Portugal, Premier League club Chelsea, Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan and Brazilian outfit Palmeiras, he returned to the ‘A Selecao’ post in 2012.

He guided the hosts to the 2013 Confederations Cup victory, beating Spain 3-0 in the final.

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