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By ESPN Staff

Scolari aims to lead Brazil at 2014 World Cup

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed he would relish managing Brazil at the 2014 World Cup, should his native country win the right to host the event.

Brazil are firm favourites to be awarded football's showpiece event in eight years time, with Colombia the only other country to have submitted a bid.

Yesterday, Scolari announced his intention to quit as Portugal manager after Euro 2008 and he has followed that up by telling the Lance! newspaper: 'I lived that (coaching a home nation) in the Euro 2004 tournament played in Portugal.

'All coaches in this situation would like to coach his national team in that moment. I don't know if it would be me, as I don't have any long-term projects as yet, but we will see.'

Scolari, 58, who turned down the chance to become England manager this summer, also claimed he had been offered the Brazil job by Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira before Dunga was appointed earlier this year.

'(After the 2006 World Cup), the president (Teixeira) called me to see if there was a possibility to return to the national team,' said Scolari, who led Brazil to glory at the 2002 World Cup in Korea and Japan.

'I discussed it with my family and they advised me it was not the right time to return.

'My wife was of the opinion that staying in Europe with the children for a further two years would be important and I agreed. So then they appointed Dunga.'