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Top Facts about Felipe Scolari, Big Phil of Selecao

Sun 02 May 2021 | 19:29

Felipe Scolari put his name on the list of the greatest coaches of all time when he won 2002 FIFA World Cup with the Brazil National team. Keep on reading to find out some more facts about Felipe Scolari, the Brazilian manager.

Luiz Felipe Scolari, born 9 November 1948, is a Brazilian soccer coach and retired pro player. He is also known as Felipo in Brazil and Phil Scolari or Big Phil in the English-speaking world. Felipe Scolari’s age is 72.

Scolari was the coach of the Portugal national squad from July 12, 2003 to June 30, 2008, following lifting the World Cup with

Brazil

in 2002. In 2004, he guided them to the European Championship final, where they lost 0–1 to Greece, and to fourth position in the 2006 World Cup.

An important fact about Felipe Scolari is that he guided Portugal to the 2008 European Championship, but resigned after a 2–3 loss to Germany in the second round. Scolari was appointed as the head of the Brazil national team in 2012 after a move to club coaching at

Chelsea

in the

Premier League

.

He guided them to the 2013 Confederations Cup final and the 2014 World Cup semi-final. Scolari is both a Brazilian and an Italian resident, although he is originated from Italian ancestors.

Top facts about Felipe Scolari:

Felipe Scolari followed in the footsteps of his father Benjamin, who was also a Brazilian professional footballer.

Felipe Scolari early life

Felipe Scolari grew up in the Brazilian town of Passo Fundo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. Regarding Felipe Scolari’s parents, it should be said that Benjamin Scolari is his father's name, and Dona Cecily Scolari is his mother's name.

His father, was a professional football player. Speaking about Felipe Scolari’s childhood, it should be mentioned that his role model for choosing football as his career was his father.

Cleusa Scolari is his sister. The Brazilian football boss began his junior career in 1966 with the Brazilian football club Aimore, and his senior or professional career began in 1973 with Caxias. Scolari earned a degree in physical education and went on to work as a teacher.

Felipe Scolari personal life

Scolari's family relocated from Veneto, hence he is also an Italian citizen. He is a supporter of Grêmio and was said to be a supporter of Nottingham Forest in the 1970s, having seen the club's rise under Brian Clough. In Brazil, Scolari is called "Felipo."

The important fact about Felipe Scolari’s personal life is that his facial similarity to star Gene Hackman and Marlon Brando's role of Don Vito Corleone in the movie The Godfather has been the subject of much media attention throughout his career. Scolari is a devout follower of the Catholic religion.

In terms of his personal life, he is a happily married person. He married his long-time partner, Olga Scolari, whom he adores. Fabricio Scolari and Leonard Scolari are the couple's two children, both of whom are now adults.

Felipe Scolari professional career

The notable fact about Felipe Scolari’s professional career is that he began his football career at the age of seventeen, playing for the youths of Aimoré, from the city of São Leopoldo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. His interest in football came under the influence of his father, Benjamin Scolari, who, at his time, had also served as a defender in southern Brazil.

Despite not being recognized as a skilled player, he stood out for his tough and leadership style, often being captain in the teams he played in. After Aimoré, he moved to Caxias, a more prestigious team where he played for seven years. Scolari played for Novo Hamburgo, Juventude, and CSA as a central defender, captaining his teams on many occasions.

Felipe Scolari club career

In his matter-of-fact, bullet-point style, he defines himself as a "useful and reliable" player. “It was unusual for me to lose a 50-50,” he says. “I was a brute force to be reckoned with. On the field, I gave orders to my teammates.

I was already captain at the age of 20. I resolved any issues that arose. If the year had 40 tournaments, I would have played 39 of them. Doing what I did with that squad, I was a decent player. I wasn't a show-off. I wasn't a technical person.”

He mixed performing for Caxias, where he enjoyed the most of his career, with a certificate and a position as a PE instructor when he first started out. His father forbade him from pursuing a football career. Scolari explains, "He preferred me to graduate, to move into another career."

Caxias competed in the Rio Grande do Sul regional championship and Série A of the Brazilian state division at the time “That is unlikely nowadays. I was a teacher for seven to eight years. On Mondays, I worked in the mornings and evenings, and on Thursdays and Fridays, I worked in the mornings and evenings. I practiced and worked the most of the time.”

The fact about Felipe Scolari’s career is that through his professional days in the 1970s, the former Chelsea and Portugal manager was a tough defender.

Scolari was better known for his physical power than his ball skills as a center-back for Caxias RS. According to reports and photographs from the time, he was a tough footballer who carried his attitude throughout his managerial career.

Felipe Scolari managerial career

Showing the same style that defined him as a player, Scolari started as a coach at CSA himself, taking the Maceio club to the 1982 Alagoas title. After his first experience as a coach, he returned to his homeland to visit several clubs in the state. With two stints at Juventude, one through Brasil de Pelotas and Pelotas.

Brazilian minor clubs, Middle East and Gremio

After being highlighted at Juventude, where he made a series of friendlies in the Middle East returning undefeated, with victories over big clubs and even teams from that continent, he went to Grêmio (premiered on June 3 and shortly afterwards won the Rio Grande do Sul Championship). He had regional recognition, having also carried out work in Al-Shabab, in Saudi Arabia, and in Goiás.

In 1989 he went to Kuwait, where he was champion of the Emirate Cup with Qadsia SC and champion of the Gulf Cup in 1990 with the National Team of

Kuwait

.

The important fact about Felipe Scolari’s managerial career is that in 1991, he took Criciúma to the title of the Copa do Brasil, the greatest glory in the history of the club, made by which he won recognition in Brazil. In the same year, he was hired by Al-Ahli and trained Qadsia once again, without success.

Felipão returned to Grêmio in 1993, where he won several titles, among them the 1994 Brazil Cup, the 1995 Libertadores Cup of America and the 1996 Brazilian Championship, in addition to the state titles.

At the Club World Cup, 1995 intercontinental format, Felipão's team lost on penalties to

Ajax

, after a goalless draw and playing a good part of the game with one less player. At the time, the Dutch team had the base of the national team that would dispute the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

At the beginning, Scolari received harsh criticism for being considered a "defensive" coach, of "ugly game" and that "his opponents beat him", but over time he was forever marked as one of the greatest idols of Grêmio, and today he is remembered and respected by the fans of the club.

Palmeiras and Cruzeiro

In 1997, after directing Júbilo Iwata, from Japan, he moved to Palmeiras, where he was runner-up in the Brazilian Championship of the same year, losing the title to Vasco da Gama. He drew the two final matches, but due to the fact that the Rio club had better result in the first phase, they ended up with the title.

In 1998, after receiving some criticism, Scolari went over the top, becoming champion of the Brazil Cup, when he won the final of the competition against Cruzeiro. They also won a continental title: the Mercosul Cup.

Months later, in 1999, he reached his peak in the club, winning the Libertadores da América, an unprecedented title, and again marking his name in the history of a Brazilian club. In the Club World Cup, he ended up being runner-up again, this time losing to

Manchester United

by a minimum score, entitled to a poorly canceled goal by midfielder Alex while the score was still zero.

In 2000, his last year of his first spell at the club, he once again reached the final of the Copa Libertadores de América, where he made an epic semifinal against Palmeiras' biggest rival - Corinthians. And again, he saw his team eliminate the biggest rival on penalties, but ended up losing the title to Boca Juniors also in the penalty shootout.

And, before leaving the club, he was still ahead of the Rio-São Paulo Tournament, giving the team a place in the Champions Cup, a competition that would give the team a place in the next tournament of the Libertadores.

It was when he was in Cruzeiro, after an exemplary campaign, culminating in the interstate title of the 2001 Copa Sul-Minas - in the team that was famous at the time by the Argentine captain and celestial idol Juan Pablo Sorín - that he was invited to head the Brazilian National team for the first time, in 2001. Journalist Milton Neves says that he was responsible for inviting him to manage the Selecao.

Brazil

He says he received a call from Ricardo Teixeira, who wanted to know the journalist's opinion about who should be hired for, “Ricardo Teixeira wanted to hear from some people to decide between Scolari and Luxemburgo. I replied right away, 'it's Felipe'. Teixeira said that my vote was a tiebreaker and I would then call to invite Scolari”.

When he took over, the team was threatened with not qualifying for the World Cup the following year. He managed to qualify, but the team’s unconvincing participation in the qualifiers and the defeat by Honduras in the 2001 Copa America caused the national team to be discredited by the fans and the press.

In addition, in the months leading up to the 2002 World Cup, Felipe was widely criticized for not calling forward striker Romário, as the fans asked. But then he won the biggest title of his career: the 2002 World Cup. Having a perfect campaign, with seven victories, he won Germany 2-0, in Yokohama.

The fact about Felipe Scolari’s managerial Career is that he was recognized as one of those responsible for the victory, for having managed to rebuild the team, define the style of play, unite the players and for believing on Ronaldo and Rivaldo, who decided the World Cup for Brazil.

After the World Cup victory, the fans asked Scolari to stay, but the coach expressed his desire to lead a European team and, thus, left the Brazilian National team.

He led the team for the last time in a friendly against

Paraguay

, in August 2002. Soon after, he was invited by the Portuguese Football Federation to coach the National team, which happened in 2003.

Portugal

Since then, he led the team to the final of the Euro 2004, being defeated by Greece at the Estádio da Luz, in Lisbon. For the results obtained in the competition, he was awarded by the then President of the Portuguese Republic, Jorge Sampaio, on July 5 of that year, with the rank of Commander of the Order of Infante D. Henrique. Two years later, he reached the semifinals of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

After eliminating the Netherlands and England in the eighth and quarterfinals, respectively, he lost against France. In the third-place decision match, he was defeated by

Germany

. Despite placing in the fourth position, the result was much celebrated, as the Portuguese team had not reached the semifinals of a World Cup since the 1966 World Cup.

After the 2006 World Cup, the Brazilian fans asked Scolari to return to the Brazilian team, but the coach preferred to continue in Portugal. He is considered one of those responsible for the rise of

Cristiano Ronaldo

's career, for which he maintains great friendship, so much so that when the player's father died in 2005, just hours before a game between Portugal and Russia, it was Scolari who told CR7 about death.

In friendly matches, Felipe led the Portuguese team against Brazil on two occasions. In the first, in 2003, Portugal won 2–1, in the city of Porto. In 2007, another Portuguese victory, this time by 2–0, in a game played in London.

After being eliminated against Germany in Euro 2008, in the quarterfinals, Scolari left the Portuguese team to take charge of Chelsea, his first leading club in European football.

Chelsea

Scolari began as manager of Chelsea on 1 July 2008. This was revealed immediately after Portugal's game versus the

Czech Republic

in Euro 2008 on June 11th. Scolari was the first World Cup-winning boss to lead in the Premier League with this move. Scolari had a credibility as a difficult and volatile guy, having spoken of "tantrums" and "triumphs" in earlier press conferences.

When asked if his decision to join Chelsea was based on money, he said, "I'm 59 and I don't want to operate as a manager until I'm 70," he added, "so that's one of the factors. I plan to retire in four or five years, so there was a financial consideration, but there were other aspects as well."

Scolari's debut game as Chelsea’s manager was a 4–0 friendly win over Chinese team Guangzhou Pharmaceutical. He made his first acquisition, Barcelona midfielder Deco, a player he knew from the Portuguese national team, for about £8 million, but was later disappointed in his efforts to sign Real Madrid's Robinho.

Scolari's first game in charge of Chelsea in the Premier League was a 4–0 success over 2008 FA Cup champions Portsmouth.

Chelsea won 5–0 at the Riverside Stadium in October 2008 under Scolari, which was the club's greatest away victory in five years. It was also the club's largest victory over Middlesbrough in its history.

Scolari was fired as Chelsea’s boss on February 9, 2009, after a poor run of results that included a 2–0 loss at Liverpool and a losing 0–0 home draw with

Hull City

.

"The team's results and results seemed to be declining at a critical moment in the season," the club claimed as the reason for his dismissal. Scolari was replaced at Chelsea for the rest of the 2008–09 season by Guus Hiddink, a Dutchman who was still in charge of the

Russian national team

at the time.

Bunyodkor

Scolari was seen at Uzbekistan's World Cup qualifying match against Japan on June 6, 2009, with FC Bunyodkor star Rivaldo, and on June 8, 2009, Scolari announced that he had agreed an 18-month deal with Uzbekistani champions

Bunyodkor

.

Scolari's contract made him the highest-paid football coach in the country, with a yearly salary of €13 million. After struggling to lead Bunyodkor past the last 16 of the AFC Champions League, he resigned by joint consent on May 29, 2010, citing concern for his son's education as the main cause.

Back to Palmeiras

On June 13, 2010, after weeks of speculation and negotiations, his return to Palmeiras after the World Cup was made official. Scolari was appointed as Palmeiras' new boss on June 13, 2010.

He agreed to a two-and-a-half-year deal. With the squad, he earned the Copa do Brasil. Scolari resigned by mutual consent on September 13, 2012, after poor performance in the 2012 Campeonato Brasileiro.

Second period in Brazil National team

On November 28, 2012, his return to the Brazilian team was confirmed. With the Brazil, he won the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

At the 2014 World Cup, he accumulated three wins (3–1 over Croatia and 4–1 over

Cameroon

in the first round; 2–1 against Colombia in the quarterfinals) and two draws, 0–0 against

Mexico

in the first phase and 1–1 against Chile in the round of 16, overcoming them in the 3–2 penalty shootout.

However, the Brazil suffered two straight losses in the final phase: to Germany, by expressive and humiliating 7–1 in the semifinals; and to the

Netherlands

by 3–0, during the match for the third place. As a result of these outcomes, on July 14, 2014, Scolari's resignation was announced.

Back to Gremio

A notable fact about Felipe Scolari’s career is that he joined Grêmio on July 29, 2014. The next day, at the Arena do Grêmio, he was publicly unveiled by the club. Scolari retired from his job on May 19, 2015, after a disappointing start to the season.

Guangzhou Evergrande

On June 4, 2015, the same day that the former Guangzhou Evergrande coach was fired, the Italian Fabio Cannavaro, Felipe closed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Chinese team. Scolari guided the team to success in the 2015 Chinese League and AFC Champions League after just four months in place, beating

Al-Ahli

team 1–0 on aggregate in the final.

On October 24, 2016, he renewed his deal for another year after his prospective replacement Marcello Lippi was named coach of the Chinese national team. Scolari led Guangzhou to three consecutive league championships. By the end of the 2017 season, he declined to renew his deal again.

Third spell at Palmeiras

Scolari headed to Brazilian club Palmeiras for the third time in July 2018. Scolari was sacked by the club on September 2nd, 2019 due to a disappointing result following the 2019 Copa America; at this time, Scolari only won 23.8 percent of the points.

Cruzeiro

Scolari moved to the Cruzeiro football team for the second time on October 15, 2020. He and Cruzeiro mutually agreed to separate paths in January 2021.

Felipe Scolari stats

Scolari's early philosophy, which emphasized tactical, offensive football, saw him win his first title in the 1990s.

Scolari won the Copa Libertadores twice, with Gremio in 1995 and Palmeiras in 1999, and a Brasileiro, two Brazilian Cups, and the award for South American Coach of the Year.

A fact about Felipe Scolari’s stats is that after a good competition with the Brazil National Team, he won the FIFA World Cup 2002 with them. Luiz Felipe Scolari became known around the world after his victory in 2002.

From Brazil, he'd travel to Pedro Alvares Cabral's homeland of Portugal, where he'd take care of the national team. A second-place finish at Euro 2004 and a fourth-place finish at the 2006 World Cup.

After coming back to Brazil and Palmeiras again, he won another Copa do Brazil with the team. Then he became the manager of Brazil National team and won 2013 Confederations Cup against Spain. Afterwards in the World Cup 2014, in spite of having high hopes, he couldn’t stand in the better position than the fourth with the team.

Scolari won seven titles in two years as the manager of Guangzhou Evergrande, namely the AFC Champions League in 2015 and three Super League titles in three years between 2015 and 2017. He then decided to coach Palmeiras again.

Palmeiras had 23 points when Scolari arrived, eight points behind Flamengo, the team in first place. The Verdo were declared champions four months and 22 games later, with 80 points, eight ahead of their closest rivals.

Felipe Scolari social media

Regarding Felipe Scolari

social media

, it should be mentioned that the World Cup winner coach has not any official pages on any social network media.

Felipe Scolari body measurements

Speaking about

Felipe Scolari body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the Brazilian coach is 5 ft 11 in (182 cm) and weighs 187 lbs (85 kg).

Felipe Scolari net worth and salary

Luiz Felipe Scolari has an approximate net worth of over $20 million as of 2021, with the majority of it coming from the Grêmio and FIFA World Cup, according to our records. His annual salary adds to his net worth, which is about $3.9 million a year.

A fact about

Felipe Scolari’s net worth

and salary is that he is now an endorser for a number of well-known brands, including Adidas and Nike. Since these brands only work with well-known and talented people, he would earn a lot of money from his endorsements. That should be millions of dollars.

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