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Brazil look to 2014

Brazil have made an approach to make Corinthians boss Mano Menezes their new coach following Dunga’s dismissal after a quarter-final defeat to the Netherlands in the World Cup.

Brazil are hosts of the 2014 World Cup where nothing less than winning the trophy will suffice. This is usually the case anyway for Brazil’s fans and pundits, however on home soil the pressure will be immense. Menezes was the Brazilian Football Confederation’s (CBF) second choice, however Muricy Ramalho, boss of Fluminense, was denied permission to speak to the CBF as he has a contract which runs until the end of 2012.

The 48-year-old Menezes is due to announce his decision later today but it is widely expected that the job of national coach will be too much to turn down for the man who has led both Corinthians and before them Gremio to promotion from the second division in Brazil in recent years. Menezes is also coach of Brazilian star Ronaldo who joined Corinthians in 2009.

A statement on the Brazilian Football Confederation’s (CBF) website said: “Mano Menezes was one of a shortlist of three coaches and had his name ratified after a conversation with (CBF president) Ricardo Teixeira, when he showed himself to be in tune with the rebuilding project drawn up by the CBF for the 2014 World Cup.”

Menezes is thought to have been offered the job ahead of former Brazil, Portugal and Chelsea coach Luiz Felipe Scolari while another former Brazil coach Wanderley Luxemburgo and ex-AC Milan coach Leonardo had also been linked with the job.

Brazil last hosted the tournament in 1950, where they were beaten 2-1 by winners Uruguay in the final game of a four-team final group, this being the only tournament not to have been decided by a one-match final.

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