Saturday, December 27, 2008

About Luiz Filipe Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari is a former Brazilian footballer, born on November 9, 1948 in Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul. As of 2008, he is the manager of Chelsea Football squad. Luiz Felipe Scolari holds a professional degree in physical education.

This uncompromising player followed the footsteps of his father, Benjamin one of the best central defenders in 1940s. Luiz Felipe Scolari holds dual citizenship for Brazil and Italy, since his family moved to Italy. This tough-guy gaucho from Southern Brazil was popularly known as “wooden leg” among his social group and also known by his nickname “Big Phil”.

As a player, Luiz Felipe Scolari started his career at the age of seventeen in the junior team of Aimore and has also played for Caxias, Juventude, Novo Hamburgo and the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA). He was observed by Carlos Froner, his early coach, as a respected player of the squad and a fearsome player among opposing strikers. During his striking career, he won the 1987 Gaúcho state championship.

Luiz Felipe Scolari was lucky enough to be in charge of two international teams, Brazil and Portugal. His international career began, when Luiz Felipe Scolari, then manager of Brazil, guided the national team to qualify for the 2002 World Cup. He became the Portugal manager in 2003 and helped the country to prepare for the Euro 2004 to be the host nation. In the 2006 World Cup held in Germany, he took Portugal to the semi-finals. In the Union of European Football Association (UEFA) Euro 2008, Luiz Felipe Scolari lead Portugal into knockout stages and won Group A title. Soon after Portugal’s Euro 2008 match, he made an announcement about his appointment as the manager of Chelsea F.C, where he guided his team in 4-0 win over Portsmouth in the Barclay’s English Premier Club.

After he retired as a player in 1982, Luiz Felipe Scolari held his first managerial post with CSA and guided his team to win at the Alagoano state championship. After heading most of the Brazilian clubs, he was made in charge of Kuwait’s Al Qadisiya for two years, during which his team won the 1989 Kuwait Emir Cup. Later, he became the manager of the Kuwait national team and led them to win the 10th Gulf Cup in Kuwait. He then returned to Brazil to coach Criciuma FC to the Copa do Brasil.

In 1993, Luiz Felipe Scolari switched to Gremio, where he won six titles in just three years, including the Copa Libertadores in 1995 and the Brazilian Championship in 1996. After his stint with Gremio in 1997, he became the manager of Jubilo Iwata’s Junior League and began managing Palmeiras after finishing 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.

Luiz Felipe Scolari visited the ASPIRE Dome in 2008, where he got the opportunity to train 24 successful players from “ASPIRE Africa Football Dreams”, the world’s largest football talent search.

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