Record five-time world champions Brazil would never choose a foreign coach to manage the national team, the Selecao's World Cup-winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said on Thursday.
Parreira, who now heads the technical studies group of world governing body FIFA, said some countries needed to turn to foreign coaches.
But Brazil would never take the route chosen by a major footballing nation such as England, who were led at World Cups by Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2002 and 2006 and by Italian Fabio Capello in 2010.
"We in Brazil are not against foreign coaches," he said in Moscow. "When there is a change of national coach there is a lot of discussion. Even (Spanish coach Pep) Guardiola was mentioned a lot, that he would take over."
But Brazilians are proud of always having a Brazilian as coach, Parreira said, adding: "It is a culture, it is a religion, a history. It would not be acceptable for Brazil to have a foreign coach."
Parreira, 75, guided Brazil to the 1994 World Cup and has been in charge of five national teams outside Brazil. He has a record six appearances as coach at a World Cup, including leading South Africa in 2010.
Lack of World Cup experience contributed to Brazil's elimination at the hands of Belgium in the quarter-finals in Russia, he said.
"We are still dreaming about winning in Qatar (in 2022)," he said. "That's the good passion about Brazil. Finish the World Cup, OK, we now concentrate on the next one. We are always looking to win the World Cup. This is a kind of religion for us."
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