Brazil coach Parreira takes the blame for exit

July 1, 2006

Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira admitted that he was psychologically unprepared for the world champions' elimination in the World Cup quarter-finals by France.

Juan, Franck Ribery
Empics / TonyMarshallFranck Ribery skips past Juan

Thierry Henry's second-half goal was sufficient to ensure the 1998 World Cup winners beat the team that succeeded them to the prize in 2002 and set up a semi-final with Portugal in Munich.

Parreira admitted that a quarter-final exit for a team that has played in the last three World Cup finals was a bitter pill to swallow.

'It was very difficult for us to accept this, we were not prepared for this,' said Parreira. 'We did well at the start of the game but players like (Zinedine) Zidane and Henry took control as the game went on.

'We weren't expecting this and are sorry about the result and now it's time to reflect and think about how we will go forward.'

Asked about his future, Parreira said: 'There is no rush, I will go back to Brazil and there will be time to reflect.

'We must remember France are a very strong team with some very experienced players. We did our best and tried hard but we could not find the result we needed.

'Whenever you don't get to a final or don't win a trophy you are unhappy.'