Menezes in 2009
|Full name||Luiz Antônio Venker de Menezes|
|Date of birth||11 June 1962|
|Place of birth||Passo do Sobrado, Brazil|
|Height||1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|2002||Brasil de Pelotas|
|2003–2004||15 de Novembro|
Luiz Antônio Venker de Menezes, or simply Mano Menezes (born 11 June 1962 in Passo do Sobrado, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), is a football coach who is currently the manager of Corinthians. He managed the Brazil national football team until his sacking on November 2012. His nickname comes from his early childhood, when his sister used to call him "Mano", which is a a popular slang term meaning "brother" in Portuguese.
He began his footballing career as a defender for Guarani de Venâncio Aires in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He gave up playing to become a physical education professional, beginning in 1986 in Rio Grande do Sul, before going on to Guarani de Venâncio Aires, Juventude and Internacional (as well as a spell in 1997 with Paulo Autuori at Cruzeiro).
Early life and career
He was the coach of Grêmio from 2005 through 2007, a remarkably long time for a coach in Brazilian football. He led them to promotion in 2005 and followed that up with a third place finish in the 2006 Série A. In 2007, he led Grêmio to the final of the Copa Libertadores. At the end of the 2007 season, he took over as coach of Corinthians and started the 2008 season with a 3–0 win over Guarani. Menezes led Corinthians to the 2008 Série B title with 25 wins, 10 draws and three losses, finishing with 85 points.
15 de Novembro
Mano's biggest highlight during his managerial time at 15 de Novembro was during 2004 Copa do Brasil. As the coach of the team, who has never even won the Rio Grande do Sul state championship, he made to the semifinals, beating more traditional clubs such as four-time Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion Vasco da Gama.
In April 2005, Menezes was hired as coach by Grêmio to be responsible for bringing back the team to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, which he achieved and also won the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B championship title that year in a match that became known as "The Battle of the Afflicted (Batalha dos Aflitos)", due to events that took place along the departure and the fact that this has been held in the stadium Aflitos, Náutico's stadium in Recife, Pernambuco. This episode later became a movie named "Batalha dos Aflitos" released in 2007.
In 2006 he led Grêmio when they took the win in the Campeonato Gaúcho with a victory over arch-rival Internacional, the first time Grêmio had won since 2001. Also in 2006 Grêmio ranked in third in Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, thereby earning a place in the Copa Libertadores 2007. In 2007 they won the Campeonato Gaúcho again and reached the final in Copa Libertadores, where they lost to the Boca Juniors. Mano Menezes left Grêmio after 169 games, with 89 wins, 35 draws and 45 losses, a win rate of 59.56%. 302 points were earned from a total of 507. The last game played by Grêmio with him as coach was the last game of Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, November 28, 2007, against Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, the team he was to coach next. In losing that match, the Corinthians were relegated to Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B.
Menezes was hired to manage the Corinthians at the end of 2007, and to raise them back up from relegation. In 2008, Corinthians played the Copa do Brasil, losing to Sport Club do Recife. That year they also took the title of Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2008. In May 2009 Menezes led the Corinthians to become unbeaten champions of the Campeonato Paulista. On July 1, 2009, Corinthians won the Copa do Brasil against Internacional. With the win, Corinthians gained entry to the Copa Libertadores 2010.
On July 24, 2010, the CBF announced that Mano would replace Dunga as the Brazil manager. He was not the CBF's first choice, but Fluminense had refused to release Muricy Ramalho the day before. Mano's appointment was generally well received, although some pointed out that his favored playing style resembled Dunga's defensive style. He coached his first Brazil match on August 10, 2010, in a 2–0 win against the USA. For this match he selected many young players such as Diego Tardelli, André and David Luiz, among others. In addition, Menezes selected only four players that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, Daniel Alves, Ramires, Thiago Silva and Robinho, as well as 2010 World Cup cuts Alexandre Pato, Marcelo Vieira and Neymar. At the Copa América in July 2011, Brazil went out in the quarter finals on penalties to Paraguay after a 0–0 draw with Brazil missing all the four penalties. He was also the coach of the Olympic Team at London 2012 hoping to win the long awaited gold medal for Brazil, the only accolade Brazil has not won in football, however they were defeated by Mexico in the final and Menezes was the target of criticism in Brazil.
With Brazil national under-23 team
|1||July 20, 2012||Riverside Stadium, England||Great Britain||2–0||Sandro and Neymar||Friendly|
|2||July 26, 2012||Millennium Stadium, Wales||Egypt||3–2||Rafael, Leandro Damião and Neymar||2012 Olympic Games|
|3||July 29, 2012||Old Trafford, England||Belarus||3–1||Alexandre Pato, Neymar and Oscar||2012 Olympic Games|
|4||August 1, 2012||St James' Park, England||New Zealand||3–0||Danilo, Leandro Damião and Sandro||2012 Olympic Games|
|5||August 4, 2012||St James' Park, England||Honduras||3–2||Leandro Damião (2) and Neymar||2012 Olympic Games|
|6||August 7, 2012||Old Trafford, England||South Korea||3–0||Rômulo and Leandro Damião (2)||2012 Olympic Games|
|7||August 11, 2012||Wembley Stadium, England||Mexico||1–2||Hulk||2012 Olympic Games|
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