Brazil’s World Cup-winning coach Luiz Filipe Scolari has reportedly given himself until the end of the month to decide whether to become the new coach of the Portuguese national side.

Portuguese Football Federation chairman Gilberto Madail met Scolari last week to discuss the terms on the position to lead Portugal through to the EURO 2004 finals.

‘We agreed to make a decision about training the Portuguese team by the end of November,’ the sports magazine A Bola quoted Scolari as saying.

‘I believe it will be settled by then.’

‘I will have to weigh up if they are just important financially, or a dream that I have had for some years,’ Scolari added

Asked about the failure of Portugal’s so-called ‘golden generation’ to emulate their club form at international level, Scolari believed that there is still time for the gifted crop of players to justify their billing.

‘Why can’t they do so for the national team? We have to think about the next championship, in 2004, and build a strong squad and a winning team,’ he said.

‘Players could play until 32 or 33, 20 years ago. There are great players today who are older. One of Roma’s best players is Aldair,’ Scolari said.