'Big Phil' Scolari not enamoured of 'false nine'

Luiz Felipe Scolari was at pains to say he wanted to field a side which would remain "true to Brazilian characteristics" - that is, trying to win with flair, though he is regarded as only slightly less stylistically pragmatic than Menezes - albeit clearly more expansive than previous incumbent Dunga.

updated: December 01, 2012 20:54 IST
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Sau Paulo, Brazil: Brazil have gone back to the future in re-appointing 2002 World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 2014 World Cup on home soil - but 'Big Phil' isn't keen on at least one modern tactical tweak.

That is, using a 'false' number nine as tried notably at Euro 2012 by Spain.

The false nine debate has raged for months as clubs and countries experiment by dispensing with the more traditional target man as they attempt to develop their own answer to Spain's and Barcelona's tiki-taka pass and move.

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