It is no great surprise that Brazil U-20 boss Rene Weber would one day like to become the coach of the full national side - it is, after all, one of the greatest jobs in world football.

However, when you consider the pressure that comes with the position, perhaps not every man is cut out for the task, though a successful run at the FIFA World Youth Championship Netherlands 2005 would obviously enhance Weber's prospects of landing his dream role.

Weber made his name as a player with the famous Fluminense of Brazil and he was a member of the championship-winning side of 1984 alongside team-mate, companion and now head of Brazilian youth football Branco.

The 1994 World Cup winner appointed Weber as Brazil's Under-20 coach after spells in charge America-RJ, Arrabal do Cabo-RJ and Sporting Cristal de Peru.

His new job came with a wealth of extra responsibility, but Weber said: "There are pressures all day on me as the coach of a Brazil team, but I knew about that before I came here. It's win or win… nothing else is acceptable, but I like that kind of pressure.

"It's good for me and I have the right team and proper structure for the job. Without pressure, football would be very cold and unimportant.

"When we win, the praise always goes to the players, but when we lose, they blame the coach! But this is right… it was the same in my playing days.

"My focus always stays on the group, not on one individual or one particular problem. The team is always the most important thing. Without a strong group, Brazil often finds itself losing games."

Stepping up to the top job
Weber is keen to stress that his focus for the next two weeks is firmly fixed on leading Brazil to glory at the FIFA World Youth Championship, but looking further ahead, he admitted he would be interested in taking the step up to become the national team coach at some stage down the line.

To do that however, Weber fears he will probably have to leave his post at U-20 level as he does not feel the top position can be his while he is still involved within youth football."

He said: "For me now, I am only interested in this tournament and bringing success to Brazil at this level. In the future, yes I would like to become the Brazil coach, but things are different in my country. For example, Jose Peckerman is now the coach of Argentina's first team after five or six years working with the Argentina U-20 team.

"For Brazil, this would be impossible. No coach has ever gone straight from being the Under-20 boss to be the coach of the principle team. It has to happen another way. Normally, the Brazil coach is someone who comes from club football with a lot more experience and maturity.

"After my work with the Under-20s, I will sit down with Branco and discuss my ideas. He and I are great friends. I listen to him and he listens to me about football and all sorts of things. He has a great imagination.

"We have a great staff and we all discuss many ideas, but the final say is mine because ultimately it is my neck which is on the chopping block!"