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Portugal coach Scolari expecting another tough time from Turkey

Portugal coach Scolari expecting another tough time from Turkey

Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is expecting Turkey to give his team a tough time in its European Championship opener on Saturday.
He had a successful record against the Turks when he coached his native Brazil in the 2002 World Cup, but he will be the first to tell you that it was never easy.
"We need to have a lot of respect for them. I really like Turkish football, I like the way they play," he said Friday. "I had difficulties with Brazil against them."
In the 2002 World Cup, Scolari led his Brazil squad to a 2-1 win in the group opener and a 1-0 victory in the semifinals on the way to lifting the trophy.
"Yesterday (Thursday) I showed a video and talked about that first match with Brazil, and I remember very well what happened," Scolari said. "We were losing 1-0 at halftime and I was furious ... they were playing 10 times better than we were. So I know what it is like to play against Turkey. We had huge difficulties."
Scolari is one of the four Brazil-born men involved in Saturday's match in Geneva. Portugal also has midfielder Deco and defender Pepe, while Turkey has playmaker Mehmet Aurelio.
Scolari said he especially admires the Turkish style of play.
"Turkish football is very similar to South American football," Scolari said. "They really have a lot of quality."
He also gave high praises to coach Fatih Terim.
"When you see that the players like the coach, it tells you a lot," he said.
Before taking questions in a press conference on Friday, Scolari read an announcement thanking his players for arriving for the finals in good conditions. He also thanked the staff of the Portuguese football federation and called for the support of the Portuguese people around the world.
"We are begin another Euro and we need to be united the same way we were in the 2004 Euro," he said.
Portugal was runner-up to Greece at home four years ago.
Scolari also said he will not talk about his plans for the future until the end of the 2008 Euro. His contract with the Portuguese football federation expires after the competition and he has been linked to offers from top European clubs and national teams.
"This is it, I will not talk about this again," he said.
The coach also said FIFA should increase the age limit for referees. He said the thought came to his mind after listening to former referee Pierluigi Collina lecture players at Portugal's headquarters earlier in the week.
"He could still be refereeing," Scolari said.


Updated : 2021-05-06 15:50 GMT+08:00