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Published: Sunday, 11/17/2013

Brazil coach Scolari '100 percent sure' team will win World Cup at home


SAO PAULO — Luiz Felipe Scolari is confident of Brazil’s chances at the 2014 World Cup, guaranteeing the team will win the tournament at home.

Scolari had been saying that Brazil was among the favorites, but not at the same level as other teams. Now the coach is asserting after the 5-0 rout of Honduras on Saturday that his team will come away with the title next year.

Scolari says he is “100 percent sure” that he will lead Brazil to the World Cup title. He says he “wouldn’t accept to coach Brazil” if he didn’t think he could win soccer’s showcase event next year.

Scolari won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, which plays its last exhibition of the year against Chile on Tuesday in Toronto.

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