Luiz Felipe Scolari is a World Cup-winning Brazilian football manager and the former defender was born on November 9, 1948, in Pa s so Fundo, the Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has been serving as a head coach of Brazil national football team since 2012. He has as much as 20 names of teams in his managerial credits.
He led Brazil to win the World Cup in 2002 and coached the Portugal national team from 2003-2008.
Early Life And Education Of Luiz Felipe Scolari
They include famous clubs like Chelsea to the national team of countries like Portugal and Brazil. Talking about his educational life, Luiz Felipe Scolari holds a professional degree in physical education. This uncompromising player followed the footsteps of his father, Benjamin who was one of the best central defenders in 1940s.
Luiz Felipe Scolari has dual citizenship, one for Brazil and next Italy since his family moved to Italy. This tough-guy Scolari from Southern Brazil was popularly known as “wooden leg” among his social group and also known by his nickname “Big Phil”.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's Career
During Luiz's professional playing career he played for Caxias, Juventude, Novo Hamburgo, and CSA. He got CSA to the Alagoano state championship win. After that, he had several spells at Juventude, Brasil and the 1984/85 season he spent in Saudi Arabia guiding Al-Shabab.
In 1987 and 1988, Scolari took charge of such strong Brazilian clubs as Gremio and Goias, leading the first one to the Gaucho state championship victory. In 1988, he moved to Kuwait and guided Al Qadisiya Kuwait during two years.
Luiz helped the team grab the Kuwait Emir Cup and after the win, he had a short period at the Kuwait national team as well, and there he helped them win the Gulf Cup. After he returned to Brazil Scolari was res for Criciuma and got them to the Copa do Brasil title.
In 1991 and 1992 he managed Al-Ahli and Al Qadisiya and after that, he returned to Brazil to coach Gremio. He brought them to the 1996 Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A title and in 1997 he moved to Japan, taking charge of Jubilo Iwata, but didn’t stay there for long.
The same year he returned to Brazil and for three years was at the rudder of Plumerias. Luiz got the team to the victories at Copa do Brasil, Copa Mercosur, Copa Libertadores and Torneio Rio-Sao Paulo. When he left the team, for a year he managed the team Cruizero.
Then, he managed the Portugal national team from 2003 to 2008. The 2008/09 season Scolari was the tactician at Chelsea and in 2009/10 he guided the Uzbek team Bunyodkor. In the summer of 2010, he returned to Palmeiras, led them to the Copa do Brasil title and was sacked in September 2012. In November 2012, Scolari was appointed the head coach of the Brazil national football team.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's Net Worth, Awards, and Achievements
Luiz Felipe Scolari's net worth is $20 million at present. He earns an annual salary of $3.9 million from his playing career.
In 1993, Luiz Felipe Scolari switched to Gremio, winning six titles in just three years, including the Copa Libertadores in 1995 and the Brazilian Championship in 1996. After his time with Gremio in 1997, he moved on to become the manager of Jubilo Iwata’s Junior League and started managing the team Palmeiras after being done with eleven games.
He helped them earn their first Copa Libertadores title after defeating Deportivo at the Mercosur Cup. Luiz Felipe Scolari was honored as the ‘South American Coach of the Year’ for 1999.
In, 2008 Luiz went to the ASPIRE Dome, where he was made to train 24 talented players from “ASPIRE Africa Football Dreams”, which is also the world’s largest talent search of footballers. During the 2001/02 Scolari was the main coach of the Brazilian national team and it was under his guidance that the team won the 2002 World Cup title.
Indeed, with a World Cup winner’s medal in his trophy cabinet, Scolari's reputation was sealed as one of the best managers around the world. Having broken Spain's world record 29-match unbeaten competitive run with a significant 3-0 win in the 2013 Confederations Cup final, there is great belief that Brazil can win the 2014 World Cup on home soil.
With a record of the 11-year undefeated home streak and with Scolari to mastermind from the touchline, this 2014 WC might as well be a Brazil's time to earn their title of kings of the International football back.
Luiz Felipe Scolari's Personal Life
His personal life is not exposed so much in the media. Despite, it is known that he has a Spouse named Olga and they have a happy married life. In regard to offspring, Luiz Felipao Scolari and Olga have two children. There is no confirmed news related to his past relationship and affair as he likes to keep her personal life away from media.
by prabin, 31 May, 2014