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Zizou killed us, says Brazil coach

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india Updated: Jul 04, 2006 13:26 IST

The Brazilian team were greeted by jeers from fans as they arrived in Sao Paulo following their World Cup exit.

Some of the national team players arriving at the International Guarulhos Airport from Frankfurt chose to use a private exit to avoid meeting journalists and angry fans in the lobby. Other players, such as team captain Cafu, passed through the lobby and had to face fans who shouted "traitor" and "mercenary" while he spoke to reporters.

"We lost one match and it is not fair to erase all that was done by our winning generation of players. In four World Cups, we made it three times to the final match and we won the championship title in two," said Cafu.

Head coach Carlos Alberto Parreira arrived in Rios Tom Jobim International Airport and had also used a private exit. He headed to a hotel where he held a press conference.

"There was no lack of will. We have to stop looking for people to blame and admit France played very well. Zidane killed us. He is an outstanding player."

There has been mounting speculation that Parreira would be replaced with Vanderlei Luxemburgo regarded as the most likely replacement.

Luxemburgo, who coached the team between 1998 and 2000, currently works for local team Santos, following an unsuccessful period at Spain's Real Madrid.

Most Brazilians, though, seem to prefer Luiz Felipe Scolari for the job. It is not clear whether Scolari, who headed the Brazilian team in the 2002 Cup and is currently coaching Portugal, would accept a possible invitation to resume work with Brazil.

For many of the younger generation in Brazil, watching their team exit the World Cup before the finals was an unpleasant new experience.

Eighteen-year-old Bruno Cunha said: "We were not even among the top four teams," Cunha said after France beat Brazil 1-0 in Saturday's quarterfinals.