Scolari's nephew killed in car crash

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari's nephew passed away in a car accident just two days before the World Cup.

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has lost two family members in less than a month. Picture:

LONDON - A nephew of Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was killed in a car accident on Tuesday, police said, two days before he is set to lead the national team in the World Cup opening match.

Tarcisio Joao Schneider, 48, crashed into a lorry near the city of Passo Fundo, Scolari's hometown in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the federal highway police said.

Schneider was alone in his car, a police spokesman told Reuters. The lorry driver suffered no injuries.

A spokesman for Brazil's football confederation confirmed that Schneider is Scolari's nephew.

This was Scolari's second loss in the family in less than a month. In late May, as Brazil started training for the World Cup, he attended the funeral of a brother-in-law in Rio Grande do Sul.

Felipao, as Scolari is known in Brazil, started his second spell as the national team's coach in 2012.

After leading Brazil to their fifth World Cup win in 2002, he was widely seen as one of the few experienced names capable of handling Brazilians' huge expectations of a triumph on home soil.