Luiz Felipe Scolari is back in charge of Brazil’s national soccer team, 10 years after leading it to the 2002 World Cup title.
The Brazilian soccer federation said Thursday that Scolari has been hired to lead the team through the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He replaces Mano Menezes, who was fired last week.
The former Chelsea and Portugal coach, who has been without a job since leaving Brazilian club Palmeiras, led Brazil to its fifth World Cup title at the 2002 tournament in South Korea and Japan.
Scolari hopes to bring another title in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Fans called for the popular Scolari’s return after Menezes left, chanting his name in recent matches the national team played in Brazil.
The announcement gives Brazil a coach ahead of the Confederations Cup draw on Saturday, when the hosts will find out the team it will play the opener in June.
The federation also announced Thursday that Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title in the United States, will be the national team’s coordinator. Parreira also coached Brazil in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The duo will lead a team with few experienced players but filled with young, promising stars such as Neymar, Oscar and Lucas.
“I wish a lot of luck to my friend Parreira and to Felipao,” former Brazil striker Romario said. “We know that now we will have the best players picked for the team.”
The 64-year-old Scolari had said his goal was to end his career by coaching a national team during the World Cup in Brazil.