Luiz Felipe Scolari

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Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz Felipe Scolari.jpeg
Scolari in August 2003.
Personal information
Full name Luiz Felipe Scolari
Date of birth (1948-11-09) 9 November 1948 (age 65)
Place of birth Passo Fundo, Brazil
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Brazil (manager)
Youth career
1966–1973 Aimoré de São Leopoldo-RS
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1979 Caxias
1980 Juventude
1980–1981 Novo Hamburgo
1981 CSA
Teams managed
1982 CSA
1982–1983 Juventude
1983 Brasil de Pelotas
1984–1985 Al-Shabab
1986 Brasil de Pelotas
1986–1987 Juventude
1987 Grêmio
1988 Goiás
1988–1990 Al Qadisiya
1990 Kuwait
1991 Criciúma
1991 Al-Ahli
1992 Al Qadisiya
1993–1996 Grêmio
1996–1997 Júbilo Iwata
1997–2000 Palmeiras
2000–2001 Cruzeiro
2001–2002 Brazil
2003–2008 Portugal
2008–2009 Chelsea
2009–2010 Bunyodkor
2010–2012 Palmeiras
2012– Brazil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luiz Felipe Scolari (Brazilian Portuguese: [luˈis fɪˈɫipɪ sko̞ˈlaɾi], European Portuguese: [ˈɫwiʃ fɨˈɫip(ɨ) ʃkuˈɫaɾi]), ComIH (born 9 November 1948), also known as Felipão in Brazil and as Big Phil in the English-speaking world,[2][3][4] is a World Cup-winning Brazilian football manager and former defender. He is currently the manager of the Brazil national team.

After winning the 2002 World Cup for Brazil, he also 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 World Cup. Scolari also led Portugal in Euro 2008, but resigned after losing 3–2 to Germany in the second round. He was succeeded by Carlos Queiroz on 5 July 2008. After a return to club management, notably at Chelsea in the English Premier League, Scolari was hired again as Brazilian national manager in 2012. He led them to victory at the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Scolari was born in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul. A defender regarded as more uncompromising than skilful, 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.[5] 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.

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Upon retiring as a player in 1982, he was appointed manager of CSA, winning the Alagoano state championship in his first season. 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.

Kuwait[edit]

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. This was followed by a brief stint as manager of the Kuwait national team, winning the 10th Gulf Cup in Kuwait. He returned to Brazil after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait during the Gulf War and 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.

Grêmio[edit]

In 1993, Scolari returned to Grêmio, where he was criticized by the Brazilian media for playing a non-Brazilian pragmatic style of football. 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 AFC Ajax on penalties.[6][7] The following year they won the Brazilian Championship.[8]

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.[8]

Júbilo Iwata[edit]

In 1997, Scolari became manager of J. League side Júbilo Iwata, but left after eleven games and shortly afterwards took charge of Palmeiras back in Brazil.

Palmeiras[edit]

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. He was named South American Coach of the Year for 1999.

Cruzeiro[edit]

In 2000, Scolari was appointed to manage Cruzeiro, coaching them for a year.

Brazil[edit]

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. 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.[9] 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, Scolari resigned as the manager of Brazil.[10]

Portugal[edit]

Scolari took over as manager of Portugal in 2003 and oversaw their preparations as host nation for UEFA Euro 2004. 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. However, in the final, they were beaten in a massive 1–0 upset by tournament underdogs Greece.[11]

He 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. 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.

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. During the tournament, he announced that he would be joining English Premier League side Chelsea for the 2008–09 season.

Return to club management[edit]

Chelsea[edit]

Scolari took over as manager of Chelsea on 1 July 2008. 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.[12] When asked whether his decision to join Chelsea was financial he responded "Yes, that is one of the reasons." But he 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."[13]

Scolari later said that he had turned down an offer to manage Manchester City.[14]

Scolari's first match in charge of Chelsea was a friendly match against Chinese side Guangzhou Pharmaceutical; Chelsea won 4–0.[15] He made FC Barcelona midfielder Deco, a player he was familiar with on the Portuguese national team, his first signing for a fee of around £8 million,[16] but was subsequently frustrated in his attempts to sign Brazilian international Robinho from Real Madrid.[17]

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.[18]

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. It was also the club's biggest win ever at Middlesbrough.

Scolari was sacked as Chelsea manager on 9 February 2009[19] 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."[20] Scolari's replacement at Chelsea for the remainder of the 2008–2009 season was the Dutch Guus Hiddink, who was also managing the Russian national team at the same time.

Bunyodkor[edit]

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.[21] The contract made Scolari the highest paid football manager in the world, earning €13 million a year.[22]

He left by mutual consent on 29 May 2010 after failing to guide Bunyodkor past the last 16 in the Asian Champions League although he cited concern regarding his son's education as the key reason.

Return to Palmeiras[edit]

On 13 June 2010, Scolari was announced Palmeiras' new manager. He signed a two-and-a-half year contract.[23] He won the Copa do Brasil with the team. On 13 September 2012, Scolari, after bad results in 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro,left by mutual consent.[24]

Return to international management for Brazil[edit]

On 28 November 2012, after more than two months without a club, Scolari returned to management with the Brazil National Football Team, replacing the outgoing Mano Menezes.[25][26] He is tasked with winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a competition he had previous success in, having won the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[27][28] He lost his first game upon his return to England 2–1 at the Wembley Stadium.

He beat Japan 3–0 in the opening game of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, with goals from Neymar on the 3rd minute, Paulinho on the 48th minute, and on the 90th minute. Three days later, his team won 2–0 over Mexico, with Neymar scoring again on the 9th minute.

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. In the final, Brazil defeated Spain 3–0 with a brace from Fred and a goal from Neymar.[29]

Personality[edit]

Scolari is famous for his temper and for his histrionic "performance" beside the field while the match is going on, reacting strongly to both the best and the worst moments of his team. A good example of his fierce temper was a 12 September 2007 qualifying match for Euro 2008 against Serbia when, at the end of the game, and after the referee had blown the whistle for a 1–1 draw, Scolari threw a left hook at Serbian player Ivica Dragutinović's face that ended up grazing his cheek.[30]

Scolari's character, however, is often seen as a good point, instead of a drawback, because he tries to keep the players (and himself) free of external pressures: he usually demands a lot more freedom than most coaches are allowed and is bent on exerting a somewhat discretionary power. Some critics mostly agree that his unique character was very beneficial to the Portuguese national team, which had a tradition of talented players but never won anything because of excessive intervention from the federation, the clubs, and the player's agents, as well as a lack of a true "team spirit."

In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, he gave each of his players photocopies of chapters from Sun Tzu's The Art of War, a Chinese military strategy treatise written during the 6th century BC. He also gave the team recordings of Ivete Sangalo Festa videoclip to enforce the Brazilian spirit and motivate the team engagement.[31]

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 said to be a fan of Grêmio and Palmeiras, both of which he has managed. He is also known to have a particular passion for English club Nottingham Forest, whose stylish football he followed as they twice conquered Europe under Brian Clough.[32]

Statistics[edit]

Managerial[edit]

As of 20 November 2013.[33]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
CSA Brazil 1982 1982
Juventude Brazil 1982 1983
Brasil de Pelotas Brazil 1983 1983
Al-Shabab Saudi Arabia 1984 1985
Brasil de Pelotas Brazil 1986 1986
Juventude Brazil 1986 1987 8 2 4 2 25.00
Grêmio Brazil 1987 1987 15 7 4 4 46.67
Goiás Brazil 1988 1988 23 5 11 7 21.74
Al Qadisiya Kuwait 1988 1990 35 13 8 14 37.14
Kuwait Kuwait 27 January 1990 August 1990
Criciúma Brazil 1991 1991
Al-Ahli Saudi Arabia 1991 1991
Al Qadisiya Kuwait 1992 1992 14 7 6 1 50.00
Grêmio Brazil 1993 1996 85 35 18 32 41.18
Júbilo Iwata Japan 1996 1997 30 20 0 10 66.67
Palmeiras Brazil 1997 2000 254 127 64 63 50.00
Cruzeiro Brazil 2000 2001 57 23 16 18 40.35
Brazil Brazil June 2001 2002 24 18 1 5 75.00
Portugal Portugal 2003 June 2008 74 42 18 14 56.76
Chelsea England 1 July 2008 9 February 2009[34] 36 20 11 5 55.56
Bunyodkor Uzbekistan 8 June 2009 29 May 2010 38 30 4 4 78.95
Palmeiras Brazil 13 June 2010 13 September 2012 154 65 47 42 42.21
Brazil Brazil 28 November 2012 Present 20 14 4 2 70.00
Career totals 866 427 216 223 49.31

Honours[edit]

Manager[edit]

Club[edit]

CSA
Al Qadisiya Kuwait
Criciúma
Grêmio
Palmeiras

Copa Sul-Minas (1): 2001

Bunyodkor

International[edit]

Kuwait
Brazil

Orders[edit]

  • He has also Italian citizenship. He is an Italian-Brazilian because his grandparents were Italian immigrants.[36]

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