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Brazil sack boss Mano Menezes

ESPN staff
November 23, 2012
Mano Menezes oversaw 21 wins, six draws and six defeats © PA Photos

Mano Menezes has been axed as coach of the Brazil national team after a Brazilian Football Federation (CGB) meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday.

Former Corinthians and Gremio boss Menezes has been at the Brazil helm for two years and three months, but since failing to deliver the 2012 Olympic title in August, speculation about the 50-year-old's future had been rife.

Defeat to Mexico in the final of the Olympics came a year after Menezes oversaw Brazil's worst Copa America performance in more than a decade, with the Selecao eliminated by Paraguay on penalties in the quarter-finals.

Victory in successive Superclasico de las Americas against Argentina in 2011 and 2012 was not good enough for Menezes, who claimed 21 wins, six draws and six defeats from his 33 matches in charge.

He ushered some youthful faces into the national team setup with the likes of Neymar, Oscar, Lucas Moura, Leandro Damiao and David Luiz making their debuts under him, but was also responsible for Brazil falling out of the top ten of the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in their history.

Santos manager Muricy Ramalho, Corinthians boss Tite and Brazil's 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari have emerged as early favourites to succeed Menezes.

Five-time world champions Brazil are hosting football's showpiece competition in 2014 and are desperate to lift the trophy on home soil for the first time, having lost to Uruguay in 1950 when the tournament was last played there.

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