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'Nobody will die' says defiant Scolari

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Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari takes part in a press conference in

Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari takes part in a press conference in Teresopolis on Wednesday. He said today no decision on his leadership of the humiliated national team would be taken until after the World Cup. AFP PHOTO 

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Posted  Thursday, July 10  2014 at  10:36

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But in a combative press conference at Brazil's training camp outside Rio, Scolari batted away questions about his future, saying he would not discuss it until the World Cup was over.

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TERESÓPOLIS- Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari defended his record on Wednesday as the football-mad nation struggled to absorb the World Cup debacle against Germany.

A day after Brazil's hopes of a sixth World Cup had been crushed in a record 7-1 semi-final defeat to the Germans, Scolari awoke to find many newspapers calling for his head.

But in a combative press conference at Brazil's training camp outside Rio, Scolari batted away questions about his future, saying he would not discuss it until the World Cup was over.

And he insisted that despite the catastrophic end to Brazil's campaign, the overall performance in the tournament had not been as bad as suggested.

"Nobody will die (as a result of the loss). We will look to correct the path of our lives to deal with yesterday´s tsunami," Scolari said.

"If we had lost 1-0 it would not be a catastrophe.

"It's the first time we reached a semi-final since 2002 so maybe our work wasn't so bad," Scolari said.

"We win and we lose together. There are good and bad moments. I know people feel bitterness and shame.

"But life goes on. We shall look ahead to other goals, starting with securing third place on Saturday.

"I thank my players. In a year and a half together we played 28 games and won 19, drew six and lost three.

"In official games we won eight, drew two and lost this one -- ok, catastrophically. But this episode is over now. We must look forward."

Scolari has faced calls to go after Tuesday's debacle in Belo Horizonte.

"Go To Hell Felipao," the daily O Dia newspaper said along with a photo splash of the manager holding up seven fingers during the game.

Scolari was adamant however that his side had prepared well.

"This defeat hurt us deeply but we had a system going in (to the event) and were confident it would get us results," Scolari said.

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