Luiz Felipe Scolari
Scolari in August 2003.
|Full name||Luiz Felipe Scolari|
|Date of birth||9 November 1948|
|Place of birth||Passo Fundo, Brazil|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current club||Brazil (manager)|
|1966–1973||Aimoré de São Leopoldo-RS|
|1983||Brasil de Pelotas|
|1986||Brasil de Pelotas|
|* 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, is a World Cup-winning Brazilian football manager and former defender. He is currently the manager of the Brazil national team. 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 FIFA World Cup. Scolari also led Portugal in Euro 2008, but resigned after Portugal lost 3–2 to Germany in the second round. He was succeeded by Carlos Queiroz on 5 July 2008.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Managerial career
- 2.1 Early career
- 2.2 Kuwait
- 2.3 Criciuma E.C. in Santa Catarina state, Brazil
- 2.4 Grêmio
- 2.5 Júbilo Iwata
- 2.6 Palmeiras
- 2.7 Cruzeiro
- 2.8 International management
- 2.9 Return to club management
- 2.10 Return to international management for Brazil
- 3 Personality
- 4 Statistics
- 5 Honours
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. 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.
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.
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.
Criciuma E.C. in Santa Catarina state, Brazil
He coached Criciuma E.C. in 1991 when they were Champions of the "Copa do Brasil" beating Gremio. For this national title they did not lose a single game. They won 6 games and tied 4 games.
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. 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.
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.
In 2000, Scolari was appointed to manage Cruzeiro, coaching them for a year.
Scolari's first taste of international management came in 1990 when he coached the Kuwait national team. They won the Gulf Cup of Nations in 1990, beating Qatar in the final, but he was forced to leave the country when Iraq invaded during the Gulf War, after which he went back to club management for a decade.
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. 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.
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.
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
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. 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."
Scolari's first match in charge of Chelsea was a friendly match against Chinese side Guangzhou Pharmaceutical; Chelsea won 4–0. 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, but was subsequently frustrated in his attempts to sign Brazilian international Robinho from Real Madrid.
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 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.
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. The contract made Scolari the highest paid football manager in the world, earning €13 million a year.
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
On 13 June 2010, Scolari was announced Palmeiras' new manager. He signed a two-and-a-half year contract. 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.
Return to international management for Brazil
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. He is tasked with winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a competition he had previous success in, having won the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 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 Jô 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.
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.
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.
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.
- As of 20 November 2013.
|Brasil de Pelotas||1983||1983||—|
|Brasil de Pelotas||1986||1986||—|
|Kuwait||27 January 1990||August 1990||—|
|Chelsea||1 July 2008||9 February 2009||36||20||11||5||55.56|
|Bunyodkor||8 June 2009||29 May 2010||38||30||4||4||78.95|
|Palmeiras||13 June 2010||13 September 2012||154||65||47||42||42.21|
|Brazil||28 November 2012||Present||19||13||4||2||68.42|
- Campeonato Alagoano (1): 1982
- Kuwait Emir Cup (1): 1989
- Gulf Cup of Nations (1): 1990
- Copa do Brasil (1): 1991
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A (1): 1995–96
- Copa do Brasil (1): 1993–94
- Campeonato Gaúcho (3): 1987, 1995, 1996
- Copa Libertadores (1): 1994–95
- Recopa Sudamericana (1): 1995–96
- Copa do Brasil (2): 1997–98, 2011–12
- Copa Mercosur (1): 1998
- Copa Libertadores (1): 1998–99
- Torneio Rio-São Paulo (1): 2000
- Copa Sul-Minas (1): 2001
- He has also Italian citizenship. He is an Italian-Brazilian because his grandparents were Italian immigrants.
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