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Brazil fires soccer coach Menezes

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Brazil has fired national soccer team head coach Mano Menezes as it looks ahead to the 2014 World Cup, which will be held in Brazil.

The decision, which was reached Friday, was repoted by multimple media outlets and comes two days after Brazil beat Argentina on penalty kicks to win the Superclassic of the Americas. Brazil lost the second leg of the two-leg competition 2-1 in Buenos Aires, but Brazil had won the earlier leg and triumphed on the penalty kicks in the event that featured only players who play in the domestic leagues of the two countries.

Menezes, 50, replaced Dunga after the 2010 World Cup.

Menezes coached Brazil for 33 matches, leading it to 21 victories, six losses and six draws. One of the complaints against Menezes was that his team struggled in games against top opponents.

Brazil lost 2-1 to The Netherlands in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup.

According to the BBC, Brazil Football Federation director Andres Sanchez said president Jose Maria Marin made the change because he "wants new methods and new planning" as they head into the World Cup.
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