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Gilmar Rinaldi named Brazil's technical director

Reuters, Thursday 17 Jul 2014
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Former Brazilian goalkeeper Gilmar Rinaldi smiles during a news conference in Rio de Janeiro July 17, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Former World Cup winning goalkeeper Gilmar Rinaldi has been appointed Brazil's new technical director, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on Thursday.

His appointment comes three days after coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and his backroom staff resigned following Brazil's humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in their World Cup semi-final.

"He is general coordinator and he will coordinate all Brazil's national teams, including the women's team," said CBF president Jose Maria Marin. "He is the link between the president and the coaches."

Rinaldi was reserve keeper in 1994 when Brazil won their fifth World Cup title. He then served as technical director of Flamengo and was also a player's agent. He has informed his final clients he will no longer represent them.

Brazil hopes to appoint a new coach to replace Scolari by next Tuesday but Rinaldi said there was no chance of them hiring a foreign coach for the first time in their history, as some have wanted.

"I think this is the time to look inside our own house, for someone who knows our problems and qualities - and there are many," Rinaldi told a press conference.

"We want someone who knows us and we don't have a lot of time, we want to choose someone quickly. We have a lot of good and well trained coaches. I don't think (a foreign coach) would adapt to what we want right now."

Among the names mentioned to replace Scolari are Tite, the man who led Corinthians to the Libertadores Cup and Club World Cup in 2012, and Muricy Ramalho, the current coach of Sao Paulo.

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