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Brazil fired up but not complacent

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Sunday, December 08, 2013

COSTA DO SAUIPE, Brazil - Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari said his side would not be complacent following a World Cup draw which put the hosts in Group A with Croatia, Mexico and Cameroon.

The five-time champions, desperate to win the trophy on home soil for the first time — they lost out to Uruguay in 1950 in the final match in Rio and only broke their duck eight years later in Sweden — will meet the Croatians in the June 12 opener in Sao Paulo.

But although their group does not look daunting on paper, Scolari, who led the Selecao to their last title in 2002, told reporters the favourites must not count their chickens.

"I am satisfied with the draw. But we shall be paying close attention to the opening phase," said 'Felipao', praised earlier by President Dilma Rousseff for his previous efforts in winning not just the World Cup but the Confederations Cup last June.

"That should give us an incentive," said Scolari, who endured recent career flops at Chelsea and Palmeiras but who has galvanised the samba stars since beginning a second spell at the helm a year ago.

Brazil lost to the Mexicans in the Olympic final in London last year to leave them without the only title still missing from their collection.