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Luiz Felipe Scolari
Spelling Luis Felipe Scolari
Gender Male
Ethnic Brazilian
Job Brazilian Footballer
  Brazilian Football Coach
  Brazil Head coach
  Portugal Head coach
Desc Scolari is perhaps the most Hollywood movie-worthy manager on the list because in the Brazilian, you would usually get one of two extremes. The outstanding or the appalling - though more often the former than the latter. Much of his success can be credited to his enigmatic style, with his ability to inspire his players proving to be as important as his tactical prowess. As a manager he was by no means a remedy for all ills, but when his methods worked, they worked brilliantly and his World Cup triumph with Brazil in 2002 is evidence of this

Affiliation

Club as Coach Guangzhou Evergrande
  Chelsea FC
  Brazil National Team
  Portugal National Team

1998 01 Retrieve

[Quote on Cafu] If there is one man who has made sacrifices and lent himself to the cause of the Brazil team, this man is Cafu. He has been my commander on the field. He is a great example of dedication and humility

2013 08 17 Retrieve

[Luiz Felipe Scolari on Lionel Messi] I think that Lionel Messi will continue to be the best player in the world for the next two years or so. Messi not only plays for the team, but he also has amazing individual skills. He can decide a match all by himself with his ability. Now that he’s at Barcelona, Neymar can show his technical abilities and make the same individual actions as Messi

2013 11 09 Retrieve

[Luiz Felipe Scolari on Totti] Totti’s love for Roma is incredible and us Brazilians really value certain bonds. He’s playing well and has incomparable qualities. If he was Brazilian, he would have a great chance of being selected for the World Cup, but he is fortunate to be able to be a part of a fantastic and spectacular national team. Throughout the world there are players who are head and shoulders above the rest. Pirlo is one of those who has marked an era. He would get in any team in any league in the world

2013 11 30 Retrieve

[Luiz Felipe Scolari on Cristiano Ronaldo] Everybody speaks nonsense about Cristiano [Ronaldo]. For me he is the best guy in the world to work with. He’s always ready, always trying his best, and always looking to try something different. No-one works harder than him. People complain because he puts gel in his hair, because he’s cute or a womaniser. They say he is vain because he puts cream on his legs after a game. Just leave him alone and let him do what he does best

2016 05 28 Retrieve

[Luis Felipe Scolari, former Portugal manager, is the latest voice to try to paint a different picture of Ronaldo off the field] People have a different idea of Cristiano. ‘Oh, Cristiano is a snob.’ He is very simple, very humble. He is a loved one. He treats many people like you wouldn’t imagine. In his private life he is fantastic

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Luiz Felipe Scolari praises Neymar] Ronaldo and Messi always contend, inch by inch, the title of best in the world, but in two years I would put Neymar at that level. In fact, he is possibly already starting to dethrone one of the two, because he is one of the best players I worked with

2017 12 22 Retrieve

[Luiz Felipe Scolari claims Nicolas Anelka got him sacked at Chelsea after refusing to play on the wing] I had Anelka playing up front. Nine. Top scorer in the league. The players return, I make a meeting, and in the meeting I say: ‘Look, now that the players have all returned, Didier Drogba is back after two months, we will try to work a situation involving the two attackers playing one by the side, one in the centre, changing positions’

Then Anelka, the league’s top scorer, said: ‘I do not play on the wing’. Well, that’s when I said: ‘You don’t play on the wing, one’s going to be on the left, it’s over, I’m not going to stay here arguing with you guys. I left there and our team was third in the league, three or four points behind top. Qualified for the round-of-16 or quarter-finals of the Champions League. But there was this bad environment, that situation.

[Scolari says the Frenchman created a bad environment for him to manage] I don’t know if I had continued, what would have happened. But it was interrupted. There, I got upset. They’ll say: ‘Oh, because you didn’t speak English perfectly’. Of course, I did not. I didn’t speak English perfectly. But I understood perfectly. We understood, with my English, and the English that was spoken there, we understood perfectly

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[Luis Felipe Scolari explains how Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka clashes cost him Chelsea job] Our medical department thought that we should let Drogba go and recover [from surgery] in Cannes, in the middle of summer. I thought he should stay in London. I’d also like to go to Cannes in the middle of summer. I’d stay there for a month, two months, enjoying myself

[In Drogba’s absence, Anelka excelled, scoring 14 league goals by Christmas, but upon the Ivorian’s return to fitness further problems surfaced] When he came back, I tried to adapt so that Drogba and Anelka could play together. Anelka was the top scorer in the league. We had a meeting and Anelka said: ‘I only play in one position’. So, there was a bit of a lack of friendship, of respect, of trying to play together with Drogba. They were both great, but someone had to do something different, to get back to help when we lost the ball. That was when it changed a bit. But we’ve met since then, me and Drogba. The last time was in Russia in 2018. We spoke openly about it. There wasn’t any ill intention from him or Anelka. But it happened and I lost out on one of the great chances of my life