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november 23, 2012 • 01:29 PM • last update 06:12 PM

Brazilian federation fires coach Mano Menezes

Mano Menezes was sacked by the Brazilian soccer federation on Friday.
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Brazilian media says national team coach Mano Menezes has been fired.

Local reports say the Brazilian football confederation has decided to fire the coach after a meeting in Sao Paulo on Friday.

The federation has not immediately made an announcement.

The news comes two days after Brazil beat Argentina on penalties to win the Superclassic of the Americas, a two-leg series in which the South American rivals use players from local clubs.

Menezes was heavily criticized earlier this year because of the team's lackluster play, but good results recently had helped ease the complaints from fans and local media.

World Cup-winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, who is without a job, is one of the names touted to replace Menezes.

Brasil fires Mano Menezes. Click to see the video
Brasil fires Mano Menezes.

There are three candidates being considered to replace him: Tite, who lead Corinthians to a Libertadores title; Muricy Ramalho of Santos, who won the title in 2011 and former manager Luis Felipe Scolari.The new manager will be announced in January.

To read Ines Sainz' blog in Spanish "La Dueña del Balón" click here.

To read her blog in English, "Chicharito rides the cres of the wave", click here.

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