should be sacked and replaced by Muricy Ramalho following the country’s
crushing World Cup semi-final exit.
The tournament hosts were humiliated 7-1 by Germany this
week, with calls rising for Scolari to be given the axe after Saturday’s
third place play-off with the Netherlands.
Zico, who played in three World Cups and was a star in the 1982 team –
widely considered the finest not to win the event, believes Sao Paulo
boss Ramalho is best suited to adress the Samba Boys’ tarnished
“We should thank him (Scolari) and thank (assistant coach Carlos
Alberto) Parriera too. But we need to choose new people with new
thoughts about how to play the Brazilian way,” Zico said in the Daily Mail.
He added of Ramalho: “He is one the greatest champions of the Brazilian league, which is one of the hardest in the world to win.
Ramalho reportedly turned down the national team job in 2010 when in charge of Fluminense.
“We had no alternatives,” Zico said of Brazil’s tactics.
“They stayed focused entirely on the success of the 2013
Confederations Cup. They kept the same formation and the same team.
Everyone had a year to work out exactly how to play against Brazil.”
The 61-year-old, though, conceded Scolari does not have the most talented side at his disposal.
“If you look at the starting players in the last year, none of them were key players at their clubs,” he said.
“Look at Neymar, the best player in Brazil, but how many times was he
on the bench for Barcelona last season? Fred, Marcelo, Hulk all played
inconsistently. Even David Luiz and Oscar, you can’t say they were first
choices at Chelsea.”