Brazil boss labelled 'old jerk' and 'repulsive'
The blame game for Brazil's shock World Cup loss has started with Neymar's agent Wagner Ribeiro reportedly labelling under-fire coach Luiz Felipe Scolari "an old jerk, repulsive and conceited".
The football-mad country remains stunned by Wednesday morning's 7-1 semifinal loss to Germany.
Star striker Neymar missed the disaster with a serious back injury but his agent certainly didn't miss the coach when looking to the cause of what went wrong.
Ribeiro took to Twitter to vent his frustration and under the precursor of "Six prerequisites to become manager of the Brazil national team" he complied the following list:
"1- Manage Portugal and not win anything.
2- Go to Chelsea and get sacked.
3- Go to manage in Uzbekistan.
4- Come back to Brazil, take control of a big team [Palmeiras], and get relegated to the second division
5- Leave the club 56 days before the end of the league to escape relegation.
6- Be an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous."
Ribeiro's tirade was reported around the world.
Scolari has refused to resign from his post ahead of this weekend's third-place play-off against Netherlands, although he faces meetings with the Brazilian Football Confederation to discuss his future with the national team.
There are growing calls for his axing after over-seeing Brazil's worst World Cup loss and the embarrassment of that coming on home soil.
The Times reported that Aldo Rebelo, Brazil's sports minister, had called for an inquiry to find out the "root causes of the disaster".
"It's a terrible blemish for Brazilian football because against Germany we have played 12 times and lost only four times," Rebelo said.
"We must analyse the root causes of this disaster, learn the lessons and try to correct them so this doesn't happen again, so that Brazil can regain it status in world football."