Same day Roger Machado was fired, Palmeiras announced the return of an old friend: Luiz Felipe Scolari. In addition to Felipão (Big Phil), assistants Paulo Turra and Carlos Pracidelli will join the technical staff, arriving at the club today Friday (27), while Scolari – in Portugal sorting out the last details for his return to Brazil – arrives next week. The agreement is valid for two and a half years, until the end of 2020.
Felipão has not been working since the end of last year, when he opted for not renewing with Guangzhou Evergrande of China, after three very successful years.
The merited coachhas had two previous spells at Palmeiras: between 1997 and 2000 (193 games, with 100 wins) and from 2010 to 2012 (163 games and 70 wins). Scolari has given Palmeiras titles such as the Brazil and Mercosur Cup in 1998, the Libertadores Cup in 1999 and the Brazil Cup in 2012 – a turbulent year that saw Palmeiras relegated in the Brazilian championship.
Previous to signing with Palmeiras, 69-year-old Scolari turned down a proposal to coach the Egyptian national. He was also wanted in South Korea, but Palmeiras’ calling somehow struck a different note.
Welcome home, Luiz Felipe Scolari. May you fulfill every palmeirense’s dream. It would indeed be epic.
Scoppia che la vittoria è nostra!