|Date of birth||28 February 1953|
|Place of birth||Curitiba, Brazil|
|1988–1989||Inter de Limeira|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Levir Culpi (born 28 February 1953) is a football manager and a former player.
He began his manager career as soon as he retired from football, in 1987, he coached 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. As of 1996 he had great success winning Copa do Brasil with Cruzeiro. Later he went to São Paulo where he won the Campeonato Paulista in 2000 and became runner-up in the Copa do Brasil. He brought Criciúma to Copa Libertadores in 1992 and took the team to the quarter-finals of the tournament.
In May 2007, J. League Division 2 side Cerezo Osaka sacked Satoshi Tsunami and appointed Levir Culpi as a manager. While he had taken charge of the team, he discovered the talent of Shinji Kagawa, who then played as a defensive midfielder, and played him as an attacking midfielder. Kagawa made good combination with Takashi Inui, another talented young player, and the team under Culpi promoted to the J. League Division 1 in 2010. He continued to display his ability to grow 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."
|Cerezo Osaka manager