Levir Culpi

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Levir Culpi
Levir Culpi 2016.jpg
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-02-28) 28 February 1953 (age 64)
Place of birth Curitiba, Brazil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972 Coritiba 20 (0)
1973 Botafogo 1 (0)
1974–1978 Santa Cruz 57 (0)
1979–1980 Atlante 32 (1)
1980 Vila Nova
1981 Colorado 5 (0)
1982–1983 Figueirense
1984–1985 Juventude
Teams managed
1986 Juventude
1986 Caxias
1986–1987 Atlético Paranaense
1988 Marcílio Dias
1988–1989 Inter de Limeira
1989–1990 Criciúma
1990 Internacional
1991 Coritiba
1992 Criciúma
1992 Al-Ittifaq
1993 Paraná Clube
1994 Guarani
1994–1995 Atlético Mineiro
1995 Portuguesa
1996 Cruzeiro
1997 Cerezo Osaka
1998–1999 Cruzeiro
2000 São Paulo
2001 Sport
2001 Atlético Mineiro
2002 Palmeiras
2003–2004 Botafogo
2004 Atlético Paranaense
2005 Cruzeiro
2005 São Caetano
2006–2007 Atlético Mineiro
2007–2011 Cerezo Osaka
2012–2013 Cerezo Osaka
2014–2015 Atlético Mineiro
2016– Fluminense
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Levir Culpi (born 28 February 1953) is a former football player and current coach of Fluminense.


He began his manager career as soon as he retired from football, in 1987, by coaching Esporte Clube Juventude. He really started to show his abilities as a manager when he coached the top Paranaense clubs: Atlético Paranaense, Coritiba, and Paraná Clube.

He had more success leading Atlético Mineiro to the Brazilian Second Division Title of 2006, which he also won in 1988 with Inter de Limeira. In 1996, he had great success winning Copa do Brasil with Cruzeiro. Later he joined São Paulo where he won the Campeonato Paulista in 2000 and finished runner-up in the Copa do Brasil. He took Criciúma to Copa Libertadores in 1992, as the team reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Others teams he has managed are Portuguesa, and Cerezo Osaka of Japan in 1997.

In May 2007, J. League Division 2 side Cerezo Osaka sacked Satoshi Tsunami and appointed Levir Culpi as manager. During his spell in charge of the team, he discovered Shinji Kagawa, who then played as a defensive midfielder, and used him as an attacking midfielder. Kagawa combined well with Takashi Inui, another talented young player, and the team under Culpi were promoted to the J. League Division 1 in 2010. He continued to display his ability to develop young players and construct an attacking team. With such players as Kagawa, Inui, Akihiro Ienaga, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Adriano Ferreira Martins, and Luís Fernando Martinez, the team finished 3rd in 2010 and qualified for the AFC Champions League.

In November 2011, he decided not to extend his contract, saying "I've come to the conclusion that now is the time to return to the far distant Brazil and spend time with my family."[1]

On 26 August 2012, Cerezo Osaka announced the termination of their contract with Sérgio Soares and reappointed Levir Culpi.[2]

In April 2014, Levir Culpi was announced as Atlético Mineiro coach for the fourth time in his career. He managed to perform a double in 2014, winning both the Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa do Brasil.

In 2015, at the first official match of the season, Atlético defeated Tupi 2-0. Levir reached number game 228 ahead of Botafogo team, becoming the third coach with more games for the club. With the new brand, the coach is second only to Tele Santana with 434 games, and Procopio Cardoso with 328. [7]

On 3 May 2015, Levir returned to write his name in the history books of the Campeonato Mineiro, having being crowned champions in 2015 with Atlético. Only the fifth coach to achieve this, Culpi became the one of the most successful coaches in the history of the Campeonato Mineiro. He had previously lifted the trophy with the Galo in 1995 and 2007, in addition to with Cruzeiro in 1996 and 1998. [8]

He left Atlético Mineiro on 26 November 2015, exactly one year after winning the Copa do Brasil. He was dismissed after a total of 288 matches, with 154 wins, 60 draws and 74 defeats, with 493 goals scored 184 goals conceded. Fluminense

On 4 March 2016, Levir Culpi was announced as new coach of Fluminense. [10] The club had teased fans hours before by releasing a video showing white smoke coming from a chimney. [11] Levir came at a time of unrest at Fluminense, after a "crisis" saw the vice president, executive director and coach Eduardo Baptista depart the Rio club. [12]

– "Tricolor fans, prepare yourselves for the boxes of medicine I'm bringing. We have emotions, strong emotions, and I hope to meet them soon. I am happy and motivated. A hug....." – Levir Culpi [13]

On 20 April 2016, just a month and a half into his spell at Fluminense, Levir Culpi guided the Tricolor to the inaugural Primeira Liga (Brazil) [14].

Managerial statistics[edit]


Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
Cerezo Osaka 1997 1997 32 16 0 16 50.00
Cerezo Osaka 2007 2011 196 100 42 54 51.02
Cerezo Osaka 2012 2013 45 20 15 10 44.44
Total 273 136 57 80 49.82



Inter de Limeira
São Paulo
Atlético Mineiro


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Preceded by
Ney Franco
Cruzeiro manager
Succeeded by
P.C. Gusmão
Preceded by
Hiroshi Sowa
Satoshi Tsunami
Sérgio Soares
Cerezo Osaka manager
Succeeded by
Y. Matsuki
Sérgio Soares
Ranko Popović