Luiz Felipe Scolari
Luiz
Felipe Scolari

Scolari previously managed in English football with Chelsea, for the first time after completing five years with the Portuguese national team. Coaching since 1982 Scolari, has enjoyed a distinguished career that includes leading the Brazilian national team to victory in the 2002 World Cup.

Born in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Scolari began his playing career with Aymore after following the footsteps of his father who was also a professional footballer. As a defender, Scolari also had spells with Caxias, Novo Hamburgo, Juventude, and CSA often captaining his sides.

Upon retiring as a player Scolari entered management with CSA. Known as Felipão ("Big Phil"), his first taste of international management came with Kuwait before returning to Brazil and leading Criciuma to Brazilian Cup and to the Santa Catarina state title.

1993 brought a return to Gremio, one of Brazil's most high-profile teams winning the Brazilian Cup and the Copa Libertadores in 1995 for only the second time in the club's history.

After a spell in Japan with J-League side Júbilo Iwata Scolari took charge of Palmeiras. In just three years, he led Palmeiras to the Copa do Brasil, the Mercosur Cup and their first Copa Libertadores title. His success resulted in Scolari being named South American Coach of the Year for 1999.

In June 2001, Scolari was appointed manager of his native Brazil after a brief spell with Cruzeiro. This resulted in him guiding Brazil through qualification to the World Cups finals in 2002. Under Scolari Brazil won the World Cup for the fifth time in Japan and South Korea with two goals from Ronaldo securing a 2-0 win over Germany.

After his successful tenure with Brazil, Scolari took over as Portugal manager in 2003 and became the first foreign coach to lead any team to the final of the European Championships. After beating Holland in the semi-final Portugal were favourites to win the tournament however they suffered a shock 1-0 defeat in the final to Greece.

Scolari, lead Portugal to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Germany in 2006 where they lost 1-0 to France. That same year saw Scolari, emerge as a leading contender to succeed Sven-Goran Eriksson as England manager, however he decided to rule himself out of the job.

Scolari guided Portugal to Euro 2008 where they were eliminated from the quarter finals by Germany. It was announced during this European Championship tournament that he would be joining Chelsea FC.

Scolari then parted company with Chelsea in February 2009 and joined FC Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan in that year.

During his time with Bunyodkor he won the Uzbek championship before he parted with the club in May 2010.

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  • international-trophies
    • Brazil:
      • FIFA World Cup Winners, (2001-01-01)
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