The Selecao were back on top and, when Scolari sat down to face reporters following a 5-0 demolition of Honduras last November, he asserted his belief that Brazil would soon rule the world once again.
"There is no pressure on Brazil," he said. "Brazil are not under pressure to be the world champions.
"Brazil will be the champions.
"I wouldn't have accepted the Brazil job if I didn't think we could win the World Cup. I wouldn't be leading the team I'd be sitting at home.
"I took this job because I'm 100 per cent convinced that I will win the World Cup with Brazil."
If Scolari is to deliver on his ambitious promise - a pledge an expectant nation is treating with the utmost solemnity - then he must do so with a noticeably younger team than the one which triumphed in Japan.
At 34 goalkeeper Julio Cesar is the oldest member of squad that includes 22-year-old forwards Oscar and Neymar and 21-year-old winger Bernard.
Scolari has already hinted his master plan involves combining the talents of his youngsters with the wiliness of old heads Fred, Maicon and Dani Alves, but inexperience remains a concern for fans.
He has, however, moved to assuage those fears.
"This team is much younger and lacks the experience of the 2002 squad," he said. "But this group has a different dynamic and it's the type of dynamic required in football today."
Scolari has already done enough to secure a place in Brazilian folklore but, if he fails to keep his bold promise this summer, he is unlikely to get a third shot at winning the greatest prize in world football.