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Scolari leaves future to federation


SCOLARI-RUSSIABRASÍLIA, July 12- Luiz Felipe Scolari has left a decision on his future as coach of Brazil to the country’s federation after the World Cup hosts’ campaign ended in more disappointment.

“It is up to the president to decide. We will hand in a final report and then leave it to him to analyse what needs to be done,” said Scolari after Brazil lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia on Saturday.

“I’m not going to discuss (my future) with you. Winning or losing that is what we would have done.”

Scolari’s contract expires with the end of Brazil’s campaign but there have been suggestions that he could stay on until the end of the year.

Saturday’s loss came on top of Tuesday’s 7-1 mauling by Germany in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

Scolari was loudly jeered while injured star Neymar was given a hero’s welcome by fans at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia before Saturday’s third-place play-off against the Netherlands.

Neymar, who is recovering from a fractured vertebrae suffered in the quarter-final win against Colombia, travelled with the team to the capital for the match.

He will play no part but did come out with the rest of the squad ahead of their pre-match warm-up and there were huge cheers when he appeared waving on the large screens inside the stadium.

Earlier, the screens relayed pictures of the Brazilian team bus arriving, and Scolari was greeted with a chorus of boos by the home supporters in the 69,000-capacity venue.

There was a mixed reception for the squad as a whole, with captain Thiago Silva and fellow centre-back David Luiz loudly cheered.

In the absence of the suspended Silva, Luiz captained the team that was humiliated 7-1 by Germany in Tuesday’s semi-final in Belo Horizonte and could not hold back the tears in a television interview after that match.