FLORIANOPOLIS, Brazil (AP) -- Luiz Felipe Scolari is not hiding his optimism with Brazil's chance to win the World Cup title at home. The coach has been saying loud and clear that it will be Brazil lifting the trophy at the Maracana Stadium in a few months.
Scolari says everything is going Brazil's way heading into the tournament and there is no reason not to think that the hosts can be successful.
Scolari says his team is ready and believes that playing at home with the support of its fanatical fans will be Brazil's biggest weapon during the World Cup in June.
The coach said he was not nearly as optimistic before the 2002 tournament, which Brazil eventually won despite arriving with a squad that few believed could be successful.
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