Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as Brazil’s head coach after the team’s failure to win the World Cup, the Brazilian Football Confederation announced Monday.
Scolari had promised to win the tournament at home, but Brazil was eliminated in the semifinals after a disastrous 7-1 loss to Germany in the national team’s worst defeat in its 100-year history. Brazil also fell, 3-0, to the Netherlands in the third-place match.
Scolari’s contract ended after the World Cup and he handed over the command of the team after Saturday’s match, saying that it would be up to the confederation to decide whether he would remain at the helm of the five-time world champions.
In a statement, the confederation said that president Jose Maria Marin accepted what it called ‘‘Scolari’s resignation.’’
‘‘Scolari and his staff deserve our respect and our gratitude,’’ the statement said. ‘‘They were responsible for making the Brazilian people regain their love for the Selecao even though we did not reach our greater goal.’’
Scolari’s replacement was not immediately announced. Assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira, the coach who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title, was also leaving.
Sunday’s World Cup final between Germany and Argentina set a television viewership record in the United States, capping a tournament that exceeded expectations for interest on both ESPN and Univision.
An estimated 26.5 million people in the United States watched the game, the Nielsen company said, with 17.3 million viewers on ABC and another 9.2 million on the Spanish-language Univision. In addition, just over 750,000 people were watching the game during a typical minute online through services provided by each network.
The 2010 finale between Spain and the Netherlands, along with the US team’s 2-2 draw against Portugal earlier in this year’s tournament, both had 24.7 million viewers to set the previous record.
High marks, but . . .
Brazil got a 9.25 rating out of 10 from FIFA president Sepp Blatter for organizing a World Cup that was ‘‘very special’’ because of high quality football. Giving his tournament report on Monday, Blatter also criticized the organization he heads for not better tackling incidents of fan discrimination in stadiums. Blatter said, ‘‘I am not at all happy with the way we fought against racism.’’ FIFA’s own racism task force chairman, Jeffrey Webb, described a ‘‘disconnect’’ between his group and FIFA’s disciplinary panel. Blatter said he spoke with Russia President Vladimir Putin at Sunday’s final about making the issue a priority at the 2018 World Cup there.
Stamp of approval
Germany’s Deutsche Post AG took a gamble on the outcome of the World Cup final — and it paid off. Before the match even began, the former state monopoly had printed five million stamps commemorating Germany’s fourth World Cup title after 1954, 1974, and 1990. Had Germany lost to Argentina, the stamps would have had to be pulped . . . Argentina national security secretary Sergio Berni said 120 people were arrested following the national team’s loss to Germany. Violence broke out Sunday night after the game, forcing riot police to use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse vandals. The Buenos Aires emergency medical service reported on Monday that 70 people were treated for injuries, including 15 police officers.