PORTO ALEGRE: Luiz Felipe Scolari, who quit two weeks ago as coach of Brazil after the World Cup disaster, is back in work with Gremio of Porto Alegre.
Scolari stepped down in the wake of the World Cup hosts’ fourth-place finish. Brazil crashed 7-1 to Germany – the worst defeat in their history – in the semi-finals and then folded 3-0 against Holland in the so-called ‘losers’ final.’
Scolari replaces Enderson Moreira who was sacked on Sunday after his side lost at home to Coritiba in the Brazilian championship. Gremio are 10th in the 20-team table with 19 points from 12 games.
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The Porto Alegre club is where Scolari first made his name during the mid-1990s with a successful, but often physical, team.
Scolari, who led Brazil to World Cup success in 2002 and then Portugal to the Euro 2004 final and a World Cup semi-final in 2006, had a brief spell at Gremio in 1987 and returned in 1993 for a much more successful four-year spell.
He turned Gremio into one of the most feared and ruthless teams in South America, winning the Libertadores Cup in 1995 and the Brazilian championship the following year.