Soccer-Losing first game of tournament is terrible, says Scolari (Reuters)

By Mike Collett BRASILIA, June 14 (Reuters) – Losing the first match of a tournament is terrible, said Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari on the eve of the Confederations Cup opener against Japan. Scolari was in charge of hosts Portugal when they lost the opening game of Euro 2004 to Greece and his side went on to lose again to the same opponents in the final three weeks later. “It is absolutely terrible to play the first match at home and lose it, it really is,” the Brazilian told a packed news conference at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium on Friday. …

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