Luiz Felipe Scolari
Association football defender and manager
Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari,, also known as Felipão in Brazil and internationally as Big Phil, is a World Cup-winning Brazilian football manager. He currently doesn't manage any team. He served as the manager of the Portuguese national team from 12 July 2003 to 30 June 2008. As Portugal's manager, he led them to the UEFA Euro 2004 Final, which they lost 1–0 to Greece in an upset, as well as leading them to a fourth place in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
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July 18, 2015
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September 14, 2008
Luiz Felipe Scolari Chelsea training at Stamford Bridge ahead of the game against Bordeaux
August 10, 2008
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July 22, 2008
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July 21, 2008
Luiz Felipe Scolari waves to children from Sichuan at a charity auction in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province in China on July 22, 2008. Proceeds from the charity sale will go towards tackling the aftermath of the Sichuan Province earthquake. Other
July 20, 2008
Chelsea manager, Luiz Felipe Scolari talks to the John Terry and teammates during training at the Guangdong Olympic Stadium on July 21 2008 in Guangzhou China.. Chelsea and Guangzhou Pharmaceutical will play a friendly match at Guangdong Olympic Stadium o
July 07, 2008
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April 16, 2008
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It Is Dominated by One Club
Yahoo News - about 2 months
As has been the case in Italy and Germany in recent seasons, the Chinese Super League trophy is very much the property of one dominant club right now: Guangzhou Evergrande. Guangzhou have been champions six times on the spin since claiming their first title in 2011 and have even conquered Asia by winning the AFC Champions League in two of the last four years. The club is currently managed by World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and, despite the expensive presence of Jackson Martinez and Paulinho in the squad, Chinese living legend Zheng Zhi, formerly of Charlton Athletic and Celtic, is the star and captain.
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China's Evergrande extend Scolari's contract
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Brazilian coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has been given a new deal by Guangzhou Evergrande after guiding the Asian giants to their sixth consecutive Chinese Super League title, the club announced, putting to rest doubts about his future. "Continue the fight! #Be the best forever#" the team wrote over a picture of Scolari on its verified Weibo social media account Tuesday. The Brazilian signed a "1+1" deal with Evergrande, the club said.
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Diego Costa - Brazil to Spain
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​Born in Brazil, Diego Costa was initially called up to the Brazilian side by then coach Luiz Felipe Scolari in March 2013. He went on to make two appearances for Brazil before deciding to switch allegiances in October 2013. FIFA rules at the time allowed a player to represent a second country if they had only played friendly matches previously. Costa first played for the Spanish team in March 2015, then going on to represent them in the 2014 World Cup.
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France 1-0 Portugal (5 July 2006)
Yahoo News - 8 months
​Ten years ago, another Zidane penalty decided a high-stakes game against France and Portugal. The 2006 World Cup which of course ended for France with Zidane headbutting Marco Materazzi, but there was plenty of ecstasy for Zizou prior to that red card, including netting the winner against Luiz Felipe Scolari's men.  Portugal had plenty of chances to fight back, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo and Fernando Meira all missing chances, but, ultimately, Raymond Domanech's men could not be halted from reaching another World Cup final.  Suffice to say, Portugal have a huge score to settle come this Sunday night, with 32 years of tournament disappointment against Les Blues to charge their bid for a first-ever major honour. 
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England: Could This World Cup Winner Be Roy Hodgson’s Successor?
Yahoo News - 8 months
World Cup winner Luiz Felipe Scolari has expressed interest in succeeding Roy Hodgson as England manager a decade after rejecting the job. Scolari, who won the 2002 World Cup with Brazil, turned down the England job in 2006 when Sven Goran Eriksson left the post. The 67-year-old knocked England out of the 2002 World Cup, as well as Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup while manager of Portugal, but may now replace Hodgson, who resigned on Monday.
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Soccer-Chelsea dressing room better under Hiddink, says Mikel
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Struggling champions Chelsea may not have set the Premier League alight under interim manager Guus Hiddink but the mood in the dressing room has definitely improved since his arrival, midfielder John Obi Mikel has said. Chelsea turned to Hiddink again earlier this month to guide them out of a woeful campaign under Jose Mourinho this season, a spell that saw them fall to 16th place and within a point off relegation. Hiddink had a caretaker spell in charge of the Blues in 2009 after Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari departed.
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Douglas double fires Hiroshima to third place in Club World Cup
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Brazilian substitute Douglas scored a late double as Japan's Sanfrecce Hiroshima stunned Asian champions Guangzhou Evergrande 2-1 to finish third at the Club World Cup on Sunday. Former Spurs midfielder Paulinho headed the Chinese in front after just four minutes in Yokohama, celebrating by racing to the bench to hold up the shirt of teammate Zou Zheng, who broke his leg in the 3-0 semi-final defeat by Barcelona. Luiz Felipe Scolari's Evergrande had been overwhelming favourites to become the first Asian representatives to take third place at the tournament since South Korea's Pohang Steelers in 2009.
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Chelsea turn to Hiddink again to revive fortunes
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea turned again to experienced Dutchman Guus Hiddink to guide them out of a crisis when they named him as interim manager on Saturday for the rest of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Hiddink, 69, had a caretaker spell in charge at Stamford Bridge in 2009 when Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari was fired and Chelsea went on to reach the Champions League semi-finals and win the FA Cup under his care. "I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge.
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Soccer-Hiddink a perfect fit for Chelsea, says former assistant Wilkins
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Ray Wilkins, who worked as an assistant to Guus Hiddink in his previous spell in charge of Chelsea six years ago, believes the experienced Dutchman would be the perfect choice to return following Jose Mourinho's sacking. Hiddink, fired by the Netherlands in June as they failed to qualify for Euro 2016, has been widely tipped to take over as interim manager by British media who reported on Friday that he was in London for talks. Former Chelsea captain Wilkins, who also worked at the club with managers Gianluca Vialli, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti, described him as "probably the best man-manager I've ever seen".
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FC Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique, right, and Guangzhou Evergrande FC’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari of Brazil shake hands prior to their semifinal match at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo
Yahoo News - about 1 year
FC Barcelona’s coach Luis Enrique, right, and Guangzhou Evergrande FC’s coach Luiz Felipe Scolari of Brazil shake hands prior to their semifinal match at the FIFA Club World Cup soccer tournament in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)
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Messi heads eclectic cast at Club World Cup
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Lionel Messi is the most famous of a variety of characters at the Club World Cup which includes Auckland City's part-timers, former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari and bunny-hopping Congolese goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba. Messi's Barcelona are runaway favourites to win the somewhat quirky tournament which, as much as anything, serves as reminder of the chasm which separates club football in Europe from the rest of the world. The Catalans head a field which also includes South American champions River Plate, CONCACAF's America, African champions TP Mazembe, Scolari's Guangzhou Evergrande, the champions of Asia, and Oceania's Auckland City.
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Elkeson magic as Guangzhou Evergrande reclaim Asian crown
Yahoo News - over 1 year
A moment of magic from Brazil's Elkeson earned China's Guangzhou Evergrande their second AFC Champions League title in three years on Saturday after a tense second leg of their final against Al Ahli. The striker's instinctive turn and toe-poke on 54 minutes finally unlocked the Emirati team's defence to earn a 1-0 win for Luiz Felipe Scolari's side after the first leg in Dubai ended goalless. It was also a personal victory for Scolari, who led Brazil to a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in last year's World Cup semi-finals but who has kept Evergrande unbeaten since his arrival in June.
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Luiz Felipe Scolari earns chance at redemption in Asia
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Just over a year after Brazil's calamitous appearance at the World Cup, Luiz Felipe Scolari can prove he's a winner once again when he leads Guangzhou Evergrande into the AFC Champions League final on Saturday. The ebullient Brazilian has proved an astute signing by the wealthy club, who are unbeaten since he took over from Fabio Cannavaro in June and clinched their fifth straight Chinese Super League title last week. Now Guangzhou are strong favourites to beat UAE's Al Ahli over two legs, starting on Saturday in Dubai, and claim their second AFC Champions League title in two years.
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Scolari replaces Cannavaro at Guangzhou Evergrande
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari was unveiled as the new manager of Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday, replacing Fabio Cannavaro just six months after the Italian took up the reins. Scolari signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with Guangzhou, the Xinhua news agency reported, but no other details were immediately available. The 66-year-old resigned as national coach after hosts Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 humbling by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals last year.
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Dani Alves hit out at Dunga's Brazil overhaul
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Barcelona defender Dani Alves, on the Brazil sidelines since the World Cup, has criticised national coach Dunga for what he deems an excessive overhaul of the squad after their Germany-inflicted Cup misery. Dunga has sought to bring in a variety of new faces since succeeding Luiz Felipe Scolari last July.
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Dunga delight as Brazil down France 3-1
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Brazil coach Dunga was delighted with the character shown by his side as they came from behind to beat France 3-1 in a friendly in Paris on Thursday to continue their impressive post-World Cup form. The Selecao recovered from falling behind to a Raphael Varane header in the first half at the Stade de France to equalise through Oscar just prior to half-time, before goals from captain Neymar and Luiz Gustavo in the second period secured the victory. Brazil have now won seven consecutive friendly matches since Dunga was appointed as coach for a second time last year to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari, under whom they suffered that infamous 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals on home soil.
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We tried, but we're slipping -- Brazil's Neymar
Yahoo News - over 2 years
Sifting through the ruins of Brazil's World Cup campaign, star player Neymar says his team strove hard for glory, but other countries have moved ahead and they must catch up. While refusing to pin the blame on former handler Luiz Felipe Scolari, Neymar also warned young players to beware the damage some coaches could do to young players' development. In an exclusive interview with Globo television broadcast Sunday, the 22-year-old said Brazil deserved at best seven out of ten for a Cup showing which ended with a 7-1 semi-final mauling by champions Germany. Asked why Brazil failed Neymar said there were simply things that could not be explained.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Luiz Felipe Scolari
  • 2015
    Age 66
    After just four months in charge, Scolari led the club to victory in the 2015 Chinese Super League and AFC Champions League, defeating Cosmin Olăroiu's Al-Ahli side with a 1–0 aggregate win in the final.
    More Details Hide Details At the 2002 World Cup, Scolari gave each of his players photocopies of chapters from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, a Chinese military strategy treatise written during the sixth century BC. He also gave the team recordings of Ivete Sangalo Festa videoclip to enforce the Brazilian spirit and motivate the team engagement. During his career, the media has been fond of pointing out Scolari's facial resemblance to actor Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando's portrayal of Don Vito Corleone in the film The Godfather. Scolari also holds Italian citizenship, since his family emigrated from Veneto. He is a fan of Grêmio, and was reported to be a fan of Nottingham Forest, having watched their successes under Brian Clough in the 1970s. Scolari is a Roman Catholic. CSA Al Qadisiya Criciúma Grêmio Palmeiras Cruzeiro Bunyodkor
    On 4 June 2015, Scolari was appointed head coach of Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract.
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    On 19 May 2015, Scolari resigned from his position after a poor start to the season.
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    In 2015, he managed Guangzhou Evergrande to claim 2015 Chinese Super League and 2015 AFC Champions League in his first season with the club.
    More Details Hide Details Along with being Brazilian, Scolari is also an Italian citizen, since he descends from Italian immigrants. Scolari was born in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul. A defender regarded as more uncompromising than skillful, he was known among his contemporaries as "perna-de-pau" (literally translated as "wooden leg", a Brazilian Portuguese term for a bad player), Scolari followed in the footsteps of his father Benjamin, who was also a Brazilian professional footballer. His playing career encompassed spells with Caxias, Juventude, Novo Hamburgo, and CSA, and often captained his sides. It was with CSA that he won his only major title as a player – the Alagoano state championship.
  • 2014
    Age 65
    On 29 July 2014, Scolari signed with Grêmio.
    More Details Hide Details He was officially unveiled by the club the following day at the Arena do Grêmio.
    On 14 July 2014, following a further defeat, this time by 3–0 in the World Cup's third place playoff match against the Netherlands, Scolari resigned from his position as Brazilian manager.
    More Details Hide Details On the same day, Wagner Ribeiro, the personal agent of Brazil's star player, Neymar, was reported as describing in detail to the media what he regarded as Scolari's very poor coaching career around the world, and ended by calling Scolari "an old jerk, arrogant, repulsive, conceited and ridiculous".
  • 2013
    Age 64
    He defeated Uruguay 2–1 in the semi-final match of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in a tough draw, with goals from Fred in the 41st minute paired with a late goal from Paulinho in the 86th minute.
    More Details Hide Details In the final, Brazil defeated Spain 3–0 with two goals from Fred and one from Neymar. At the 2014 World Cup, Brazil were defeated 7–1 by Germany at the semi-final stage – equaling their biggest defeat at the World Cup, the most goals conceded in their World Cup history and its first home loss in a competitive match since 1975. Scolari described this as "the worst day of my life" and took responsibility for it.
    He beat Japan 3–0 in the opening game of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, with goals from Neymar in the third minute, Paulinho in the 48th minute and Jô on the 90th minute.
    More Details Hide Details Three days later, his team won 2–0 over Mexico, with Neymar scoring again in the ninth minute.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    On 28 November 2012, after more than two months without a club, Scolari returned to management with the Brazil national team, replacing the outgoing Mano Menezes.
    More Details Hide Details He was tasked with winning the 2014 World Cup, a competition he had previous success in, having won in 2002. He lost his first game upon his return to England 2–1 at Wembley Stadium.
    On 13 September 2012, Scolari, after bad results in 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro, left by mutual consent.
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  • 2010
    Age 61
    On 13 June 2010, Scolari was announced Palmeiras' new manager.
    More Details Hide Details He signed a two-and-a-half year contract. He won the Copa do Brasil with the team.
    He left by mutual consent on 29 May 2010 after failing to guide Bunyodkor past the last 16 in the AFC Champions League, although he cited concern regarding his son's education as the key reason.
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  • 2009
    Age 60
    On 6 June 2009, he was spotted in attendance (with FC Bunyodkor player Rivaldo) at Uzbekistan's World Cup qualifier against Japan, and on 8 June 2009, Scolari revealed that he had signed an 18-month contract with the Uzbekistani champions Bunyodkor.
    More Details Hide Details The contract made Scolari the highest paid football manager in the world, earning €13 million a year.
  • 2008
    Age 59
    Scolari's replacement at Chelsea for the remainder of the 2008–09 season was the Dutch Guus Hiddink, who was also managing the Russian national team at the same time.
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    Under Scolari, Chelsea had the biggest away win of the club in five years in which Chelsea won 5–0 at the Riverside Stadium in October 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It was also the club's biggest win ever at Middlesbrough. Scolari was sacked as Chelsea manager on 9 February 2009 after a run of poor form culminating in a 2–0 defeat at Liverpool followed by frustrating 0–0 home draw with Hull City. The club's stated reason for his removal was that "the results and performances of the team appeared to be deteriorating at a key time in the season".
    Scolari's career as Chelsea manager in the Premier League got off to a good start with a 4–0 victory over 2008 FA Cup winners Portsmouth.
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    Scolari took over as manager of Chelsea on 1 July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details This was announced shortly after Portugal's Euro 2008 match against the Czech Republic on 11 June. With this appointment, Scolari became the first World Cup-winning manager to manage in the Premier League. In previous press conferences, Scolari had talked about "tantrums" and "triumphs" and had a reputation as a tough and unpredictable person. When asked whether his decision to join Chelsea was financial, he responded, "Yes, that is one of the reasons," but also added, "I'm 59 and I don't want to work as a coach until I'm 70. I want to retire in four or five years, so it was a financial matter but there are other things." He also said, "I could offer my son the opportunity to study elsewhere. You only get this kind of opportunity once so you take it or leave it, but it was not only financial."
    During the tournament, he announced that he would be joining English Premier League side Chelsea for the 2008–09 season.
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    Scolari took Portugal to Euro 2008 where they reached the knock-out stages by winning Group A before being eliminated by Germany in the quarter-finals.
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    Scolari also led Portugal in the European Championship in 2008, but resigned after losing 2–3 to Germany in the second round.
    More Details Hide Details After a return to club management, at Chelsea in the Premier League, Scolari was hired again as the manager of the Brazil national team in 2012. He led them to victory at the 2013 Confederations Cup, and to the semi-final in the 2014 World Cup. After the Brazil national team finished fourth overall from a 1–7 loss to Germany in the semi-finals, and a 0–3 loss to the Netherlands in the third-place match, the Brazilian Football Confederation decided not to renew his contract.
  • 2006
    Age 57
    Scolari managed Portugal in the 2006 World Cup in Germany where they reached the semi-finals, again coming out victorious in the quarter-finals against England.
    More Details Hide Details But they did not reach the final due to a semi-final defeat against eventual runners-up France. Following the tournament, Scolari was very heavily linked with the England manager's job, but he ultimately opted to remain as Portugal coach.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    He led them to the final of the European Championship in 2004, which they lost 0–1 to Greece, and to a fourth-place finish in the World Cup in 2006.
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  • 2003
    Age 54
    Scolari took over as manager of Portugal in 2003 and oversaw their preparations as host nation for UEFA Euro 2004.
    More Details Hide Details In the finals, Portugal got through the group stages and saw off England in the quarter-finals on penalties before beating the Netherlands in the semi-finals. In the final, however, they were beaten in a massive 1–0 upset by tournament underdogs Greece.
  • 2001
    Age 52
    In June 2001, Scolari was appointed manager of his native Brazil, who with five matches remaining were in danger of not qualifying for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
    More Details Hide Details Despite losing his first match 1–0 to Uruguay, Scolari eventually guided the team to qualification. In the build-up to the finals, Scolari refused to include veteran striker Romário in his squad, despite public pressure and a tearful appeal from the player himself. Brazil entered the tournament unfancied, but wins over Turkey, China PR, Costa Rica, Belgium, England and Turkey again took them to the final, where they beat Germany 2–0 with two goals from Ronaldo to win their fifth FIFA World Cup title, at the end of 2002.
  • 2000
    Age 51
    In 2000, Scolari was appointed to manage Cruzeiro, coaching them for a year.
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  • 1999
    Age 50
    He was named South American Coach of the Year for 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 48
    In 1997, Scolari became manager of J.
    More Details Hide Details League side Júbilo Iwata, but left after eleven games and shortly afterwards took charge of Palmeiras back in Brazil. In three years, Scolari led Palmeiras to the Copa do Brasil, the Mercosur Cup, and their first Copa Libertadores title with a win on penalties over Deportivo Cali of Colombia. They were also runners-up to Manchester United in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup.
  • 1995
    Age 46
    He won six titles in only three years including the Copa Libertadores in 1995 which qualified them for the Intercontinental Cup, which they lost to Ajax on penalties.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, they won the Brazilian Championship. His team featured no real superstar and depended on workman-like players such as Paraguayan right back Francisco Arce (of whom he later took to Palmeiras), the tough-tackling midfielder Dinho, Paulo Nunes, and centre forward Mário Jardel.
  • 1993
    Age 44
    In 1993, Scolari returned to Grêmio, where he was criticized by the Brazilian media for playing a non-Brazilian pragmatic style of football.
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  • 1989
    Age 40
    He then had a two-year stint in charge of Kuwaiti side Al Qadisiya Kuwait, with whom he won the prestigious Kuwait Emir Cup in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by a brief stint as manager of the Kuwait national team, winning the 10th Gulf Cup in Kuwait. Scolari returned to Brazil to coach Coritiba. He stayed for just three matches, losing all of them. After the last loss, he ran away from the club by means of boarding the winner's team bus back to his hometown and did not return even to collect wages. Scolari coached Criciúma to their first major national title Copa do Brasil. He returned to club management in the Middle East, managing Al-Ahli and a second spell at Al Qadisiya.
  • 1987
    Age 38
    After spells with Juventude (twice), Brasil de Pelotas and Al-Shabab of Saudi Arabia, he moved to Grêmio, one of the biggest and most traditional clubs in Brazil, where he won the 1987 Gaúcho state championship and Goias, another big and traditional Brazilian club.
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  • 1982
    Age 33
    Upon retiring as a player in 1982, he was appointed manager of CSA, winning the Alagoano state championship in his first season.
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  • 1948
    Born on November 9, 1948.
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