Luiz Felipe Scolari: This is the worst moment of my life
Published 08/07/2014 | 23:58
Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted he had experienced the worst day of his life after his side slumped to their worst-ever defeat at the hands of Germany in the World Cup semi-final.
Germany triumphed 7-1 on an evening of record-breaking in Belo Horizonte: the highest score in a World Cup semi-final, Brazil's biggest defeat after their 1920 6-0 loss to Uruguay, and a record 16th World Cup goal for Miroslav Klose.
Scolari said: "I think it's probably the worst moment of my life. I've lost other matches. When you lose 4-0 or 5-0, it's basically the same thing.
"Naturally, if I were to think of my life as a player, as a coach, as a teacher, this was the worst day of my life. But life goes on.
"I'll be remembered probably because I lost 7-1, the worst defeat Brazil have ever had, but that was a risk I knew I was running when I accepted this position. Life goes on. That's what I'll do."
Scolari admitted that the result was "catastrophic" for Brazil and said he took full responsibility.
He added: "Who is responsible when the team plays? Who is invited as the coach? Who is responsible for picking the team? I am. It's me.
"So the catastrophic result can be shared by the whole group. My players will tell you we will share our responsibilities. But who decided the tactics, I did. So the person responsible is me."