Brazil denies interest in Guardiola

Brazil has denied any interest in contracting former Barca coach Pep Guardiola. The president of the Brazilian football confederation, José María Marín, has said that it would be very difficult for Brazil to offer the job to a foreign manager.

Mr Marin said at the opening of the football trade fair “Soccerex“:
“It is unlikely that the new coach would be from abroad. I have the greatest respect for Josep Guardiola, but Brazil won five World Cup trophies all with Brazilian managers”.

Marin said he has not spoken to any other candidates about replacing Mano Menezes and dismissed and reiterated that the decision would be announced at a press conference in the first week of January.

The president said he wants a coach with a “winning profile” with the objective of being world champions in the 2014 World Cup at which Brazil play hosts.

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The managers that have the most options according to the Brazilian press, are Muricy Ramalho from Santos, Tite from the Corinthians, ex manager Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is currently without a team, and Abel Braga, Fluminense coach.

The daily newspaper Lance, which is the main sports paper in Brazil, launched a cheeky campaign to promote the name of ex Barcelona FC manager Pep Guardiola, putting him on the front page every day since last Friday’s announcement of the dismissal of Menezes.

Lance had made contact with people close to the Spanish coach, used surveys to get the name of Guardiola known and even published a front-page open letter to the president of the Brazilian football confederation in support of ex Barcelona FC coach.

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    Valora en José María Marín of the Brazilian Football Confederation has made a statement saying that it is highly unlikely Brazil would look to foreign shores for a new coach. He also stated that Brazil has won five World Cups – all ……