Scolari not unfamiliar with tough World Cup start
Brazil coach Scolari not unfamiliar with tough start at World Cups
Associated Press
2014-06-14 10:42 PM

TERESOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) -- Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari knows a thing or two about difficult World Cup starts.

Following Brazil's struggles in a 3-1 win over Croatia in the opening match at home, the veteran coach reminded everyone that this is nothing new to him.

He readily recalled his team's tough starts in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups. Brazil had to come from behind to beat Turkey 2-1 in 2002, while favorite Portugal just barely beat Angola 1-0 under his command in its opener in Germany.

And the start in 2002 also came thanks to a controversial penalty kick in favor of Brazil, just like it happened in Thursday's win over Croatia.

Scolari was quick to point out the positive in all of it, saying "I like the coincidence."

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