RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (AP) — Brazil football great Zico says coach Luiz Felipe Scolari must be replaced if his country is to move past its disappointing World Cup performance.
"We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people with new thoughts about how to play the Brazilian way," the three-time World Cup veteran said Thursday, just two days after Brazil's humiliating 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany.
Zico said Sao Paulo coach Muricy Ramalho would be an ideal candidate to lead Brazil.
"He is one the greatest champions of the Brazilian league, which is one of the hardest in the world to win," Zico said.
Ramalho was reportedly offered the national job in 2010, but amid some confusion with his then club Fluminense, he turned the position down. He is known as a progressive coach, defined by tactical flexibility.
"We had no alternatives," Zico said of Brazil's tactical approach to this World Cup. "They stayed focused entirely on the success of the 2013 Confederations Cup. They kept the same formation and the same team. Everyone had a year to work out exactly how to play against Brazil."
Often referred to as the "white Pele", Zico represented Brazil at the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups. He scored 52 goals in his 10-year international career.
While his 1982 World Cup squad is considered by many Brazilians to be the nation's finest ever, Zico acknowledged that Scolari was not blessed with the same caliber of talent.
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