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By Brian Homewood
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 8 (Reuters)(DS) - Palmeiras coach Luis
Felipe Scolari, furious after a team talk in wich he ordered
his players to kick an opponent was broadcast on national
television, broke a week-long silence with an attack on Brazil
coach Wanderley Luxemburgo.
Scolari also said he would not change a down-to-earth
approach which has made him one of Brazil's most succcesul
coaches but has earned him as many critics as admirers.
The man who has shocked Brazilians in the past by publicly
urging his players to commit more fouls caused a furore last
week when millions heard him berate his players for lack of
effort and insult Corinthains striker Edilson who, he said,
should be given "a kicking".
The outburst, one day after Palmeiras had lost 4-3 to
arch-rivals Corinthians in the first leg of a Libertadores Cup
semifinal, was recorded by reporters standing outside who were
able to hear everything through an open window.
"Big Phil" responded with a media silence which he broke
late on Wednesday, a day after Palmeiras had come back to beat
their bitter rivals on penalties to reach their second
successive Libertadores final.

Scolari began with an attack on Luxemburgo who last week
criticised his behaviour.
"Luxemburgo has worked before here at Palmeiras and I know
how he spoke to the players," said Scolari who was once accused
of punching Luxemburgo during a game when the pair were rival
club coaches.
"A lot of the staff who are with me now used to work with
him and if he wants we can revive the team talks he gave in the
"Beating Corinthians was incredible. Palmeiras supporters
should celebrate the elimination of Corinthians more than the
title itself."
Scolari, who said he had received job offers from French
club Paris St Germain and English side Chelsea, also gave an
exclusive interview to the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper in which
he hit out at Globo television for broadcasting his words.
"They invaded my home and the home of all Palmeiras
supporters. We have to remember which network put it on the air
and think carefully who is on the side of good and who is on the
side of evil."
Scolari, admired by some for his honesty and criticised by
others for the physical style of his teams, said he would never
change his style.
"There's nothing to change because I'm a winner," he said.
"Anyone with any intelligence and who understands football
knows that a meeting like that is the most normal thing in the
world. It's the way you tell off your son."
Asked if his image had been damaged, he said: "On the
contrary; I have received 250 messages from club presidents
telling me that I'm the guy that they want to train their teams.
Nothing is going to change in my team talks."

Parma will fight back...FORZA PARMA!
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