Mano Menezes stays as Brazil coach

09:47, July 19, 2011      

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The president of the Brazilian Confederation of Soccer (CBF) Ricardo Teixeira announced on Sunday that the national team's head coach Mano Menezes will remain in his post.

The news came shortly after Brazil's disappointing quarter-final elimination from the 2011 Copa America.

Teixeira was quick to give his vote of confidence to Menezes in order to avoid any speculation of a possible coaching change leading up to the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2014 World Cup on Brazilian soil.

According to Teixeira, Menezes has proved to be a competent coach and has promoted a certain amount of evolution within the national team. Teixeira stated that Menezes's work is within the planning and expectations of the CBF.

Brazil was eliminated from the 2011 Copa America in Argentina by Paraguaya. After a scoreless 90 minutes of play, followed by a scoreless extra time, both teams headed to the penalty line to decide the winner.

Brazil missed four consecutive shots. Two of the penalty shots flew well over the goal. Menezes blamed the botched shootout on poor field conditions.

In the Copa America, Brazil recorded a dismal record of one win, three draws and one loss. Menezes will lead Brazil into four difficult friendly matches in August. The opponents will be Germany, Argentina, Italy and Spain.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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