March 7, 2013 / 11:02 PM / 5 years ago

Bebeto resigns as head of Brazil's youth teams

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former World Cup winner Bebeto has resigned as head of Brazil’s youth team set up less than two months after taking on the role, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday.

Former Brazilian soccer player and administrative member of the World Cup's local organizing committee Bebeto smiles during a LOC board meeting news conference in Rio de Janeiro October 18, 2012. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

The 49-year old former Flamengo, Vasco da Gama and Deportivo La Coruna striker said he was unable to devote the time necessary for the job.

Bebeto is currently one of the three members on the local organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup that will be held in Brazil, as well as a state legislator in Rio de Janeiro.

He was appointed in late January after Brazil’s Under-20 team was surprisingly knocked out of the South American championship with just one win in four games.

At the time he declared he would overhaul the youth team set up but his appointment was treated with scepticism due to his lack of experience.

He coached just one club, America in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, and lasted just eight games in charge.

The popular striker is perhaps best known for his “rock the baby” celebration during the 1994 World Cup in the United States when Brazil won its fourth world title.

Editing by Alonso Soto

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