Passage of Play: Felipe Scolari


Brazil coach Felipe Scolari has placed restrictions on the sideways samba at the World Cup this summer. ‘Big Phil’ will allow his players to partake in nocturnal exercises with their wives and girlfriends, as long as it’s not of the ‘acrobatic’ variety. The Selecao boss was responding to a question in Portugal as he continues preparations to win the World Cup on home soil in the summer.

“The players can have normal sex during the World Cup. Usually normal sex is done in balanced way, but there are certain forms, certain ways and others who do acrobatics. And that, no. We will put limits and survey the players.”

In the past, most notably with England, wives and girlfriends have been deemed a distraction to squads’ plans. At the World Cup in Germany in 2006, the media attention on the partners of the Three Lions was said to have a detrimental effect on the camp.

The Brazil squad is under immense pressure to claim the trophy as hosts when the finals kick off in June but coach Scolari, a World Cup winning manager in 2002, is confident he can bring glory to his homeland again.

“I wouldn’t accept to coach Brazil if I didn’t think I could win the World Cup. I took the job because I’m 100 percent sure that I will win the World Cup with Brazil.”

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