Soccer...and in Argentina Brazil's desperate efforts to avoid elimination from the World Cup finals have?
GV: Newsmen's cars outside Brazilian camp. (2 SHOTS)
CU ZOOM OUT AND PAN: Brazilian official restraining newsmen. (2 SHOTS)
SV: Police forcing journalists back.
CU: Brazilian President of FA talking to newsmen.
SCU: Brazilian manager Claudin Coutinho with team at practice. (8 SHOTS)
MORRIS: "If it's any consolation to the Scottish team manager the problems now facing Brazil are far worse. With angry fans and the World press are laying seige to brazil's training camp at the resort of Mr Del Plata. For Brazil, who came as favourites to Argentina for the World Cup for the fourth time have slumped disastrously. Two uninspired draws and now on the verge of being knocked out of the competition. So it was that the President of Brazil's governing sports body came to confront the man being blamed for Brazil's flop, the team manager Claudio Coutinho. Like Scotland's Ally McLeod he's under pressure to resign??? But Coutinho refuses to go, saying it would be an act of cowardice. However unlike McLeod he's now been stripped of much of his powers by the Brazilian Sports Confederation.
In future his team selection must be submitted for approval and already he's given in to an ultimatum to drop four key players. These include Adinio Seracio, and Zico and Renaildo, two of Brazil's most dangerous forwards who've simply made no impact at all. Coutinho's excuse is that South America's football has fallen behind Europe. So training now is aimed at matching the speed and power of European sides. Brazil's moment of truth is on Sunday when they face Austria who've already qualified from Group Three. And defeat in that match will be a disaster for the soccer-mad Brazilians. World-Cup crisis it seems is not fortunately confined to Scotland. This is Christopher Morris in Argentina."
COMMENTATOR: CHRISTOPHER MORRIS, BRITISH BROADCASTING CORPORATION
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Background: Soccer...and in Argentina Brazil's desperate efforts to avoid elimination from the World Cup finals have reached crisis point with the announcement that their manager, Claudio Coutinho, must submit his team selections for approval by the country's governing sports body. Mario Trigo, spokesmen for the Brazilian Sports Confederation, announced on Wednesday (8 June) that Coutinho, under fire for the team's poor performances so far, must accept the new arrangement or resign. This report from Christopher Morris of the British Broadcasting Corporation.