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Odd appointment.


Esp considering the fact they have now decided they're gonna act like Real Madrid and put ridiculous expectations on whoever their coach is.


Scolari will have to readjust to club football.

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More interestingly, who will be the first victim in his group vs individual strategy?


Maybe Terry, he did drop the Portuguese captain when he took over and has played a clown in his position ever since.


He also dropped Romario for Brazil because he would disrupt the group, because of his strong influence.

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Refreshing the Scolari wikipedia page every couple of minutes is hilarious after a big story like this breaks.


In the last 10 minutes i have found out that he will be taking over as manager of Stoke City, that he is a big fan of Vanilla Ice and "Scolari was criticsed in 2001 for his links to the Russian mafia, and there was wide belief that Scolari has been involved in drug dealing." :ohmy:

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Scolari named as Chelsea manager


Chelsea have named Portugal boss Luiz Felipe Scolari as their new manager in succession to Avram Grant.


Scolari, who is currently in charge of the Portuguese side at Euro 2008, will take over at Stamford Bridge on 1 July.


"Felipe has great qualities. He is one of the world's top coaches with a record of success at country and club level," Chelsea said in a statement.


Carlo Ancelotti, Mark Hughes and Roberto Mancini had also been linked with the job.


Chelsea added: "He gets the best out of a talented squad of players and his ambitions and expectations match ours. He was the outstanding choice.


"Out of respect for his current role and to ensure minimum disruption to this work there will be no further comment from Chelsea nor from Felipe about his new role until his employment with us commences."


Scolari, who won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002 before leading Portugal to the final of Euro 2004, was believed to be in the running to become England manager in 2006.


He was reportedly put off the job because of fears of media intrusion, but, with his contract with the Portuguese FA due to expire on 29 June - the date of the Euro 2008 final, he has taken the opportunity to try his hand at management in the Premier League.


The 59-year-old former defender has never managed a European club, but has won the Copa Libertadores - South America's knockout competition - with Brazilian clubs Gremio and Palmeiras.


Chelsea parted company with Grant last month, despite the Israeli taking his team to the Champions League final and second spot in the Premier League.


And former Blues player Gavin Peacock believes Scolari could be the man to take Chelsea to the next level.


"You can't argue with his record," Peacock told BBC Sport. "If you're looking for someone with charisma and presence in the dressing room, then he is your man.


"His teams play with flair so it fits in with what Chelsea say they have been looking for, but the everyday involvement, getting into the players minds is going to take time.


"I suspected that Scolari might be lined up when Chelsea signed Jose Bosingwa at the start of the summer and there was talk of Deco coming to the club."


However, he warned Scolari's lack of English could make things difficult for the Brazilian.


"My only question mark would be about his level of English. Does he speak it?" asked Peacock.


"Someone like the England manager Fabio Capello didn't speak it but he had time to learn and he has time between each England gathering, but Scolari will need to get his ideas across every day. It will be a challenge.


"As another example, (former Chelsea boss) Jose Mourinho, on his first trip away with the team for a pre-season friendly in the United States, sat on the plane with Joe Cole for two hours just getting to know him.


"Scolari will not be able to do that sort of thing."


Scolari's first competitive game as Chelsea manager will be the first Premier League game of the 2008-09 season on

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Great choice, tactically very good and will be able to attract the very best players.


He can't speak a word of English, he's getting on now and will have an eye on retirement and hasn't been a manager of note in club football. He has a lot of positives going for him but he's no Rafa or even Mourinho.

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Interesting appointment, given all the press talk about Abramovich wanting a coach who would act with a bit of dignity and not muddy the waters around the club after The Mourinho Show. Do they even know about Scolari's reputation?

he had that with Grant and won nothing

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