Victory would regain lost credibility, says Scolari (Reuters)

Brazil's head coach Luis Felipe Scolari attends a training session at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro June 29, 2013. Brazil will play against Spain in their Confederations Cup final soccer match on Sunday. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tagis: SPORT SOCCER)

By Mike Collett RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Victory over world and European champions Spain in the Confederations Cup final would help Brazil regain lost credibility and respect from their fans, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said on the eve of Sunday’s match. Four straight wins over Japan, Mexico, Italy and Uruguay en route to Sunday’s decider at the Maracana Stadium have boosted optimism that Brazil are building strength in their squad with a home World Cup less than a year away. Scolari believes handing Spain a rare defeat in a competitive match could galvanize his side’s supporters. …


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