Friday 15 December 2017

Gremio hire Scolari as boss

LUIZ FELIPE SCOLARI, who resigned as Brazil's national coach after losing a World Cup semi-final 7-1, has been hired by Gremio for a third time.

Scolari, who led Brazil to its fifth and most recent World Cup triumph in 2002, ended his second stint as national team coach this month following the record defeat to Germany in the semifinal and a 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the match to determine third place.

Scolari (65) said before the tournament that anything less than a championship could be considered a failure. Brazil was seeking a record-extending sixth title and a first on home soil. Instead it broke a series of unwelcome records including one for the biggest defeat for a World Cup host since the competition began in 1930.

Scolari coached Gremio briefly in 1987, then returned from 1993-96 where he led the southern Brazilian team to one league title and the 1995 Copa de Libertadores, South America's top club competition.

Scolari returned as Brazil's coach in November 2012, replacing Mano Menezes. He coached Portugal's national team to the 2004 European Championship final before taking over at Chelsea and then Uzbekistan's Bunyodkor.

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