Football: I'LLMAKE HISTORY; Pounds 3M 'Phil from Brazil' Insists England Can Make Him the First Coach to Lift World Cup Twice

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Football: I'LLMAKE HISTORY; Pounds 3M 'Phil from Brazil' Insists England Can Make Him the First Coach to Lift World Cup Twice


Byline: By MARTIN LIPTON

LUIS FELIPE SCOLARI said yes to the England job because he wants to become a football legend.

The Brazilian told FA chief executive Brian Barwick at a meeting in Lisbon that he will accept the challenge of succeeding Sven Goran Eriksson.

Barwick and FA lawyer Simon Johnson, who was also involved in the talks in Portugal, returned to London yesterday with an outline agreement over a four-year deal understood to be worth a basic pounds 3million a year.

But as a storm of protest from English coaches crashed around the FA's ears, Scolari has told close friends in Brazil he could not turn down the chance of creating a legacy that would live forever.

A close pal said last night: "Phil knows how much this will mean and that's why he wants the job.

"He is already a world champion and came so close with Portugal in Euro 2004, but he wants to become the most famous coach in Brazil, the Ronaldo of coaches.

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