Factbox: Brazil coach Mano Menezes

Factbox on Mano Menezes who was appointed as coach of Brazil on Saturday:

Sao Paulo: Factbox on Mano Menezes who was appointed as coach of Brazil on Saturday:

Born June 11, 1962, in Passo do Sobrado, state of Rio Grande do Sul, southern Brazil. Full name is Luis Antonio Venker de Menezes.

* Menezes began coaching with youth teams in Rio Grande do Sul, his native state, in 1992. His first professional job was as coach of provincial club Guarani-Venancio Aires in 1997.

* He first made his name in 2004 when he led third division side XV de Novembro to the semi-finals of the Copa Brasil, beating first division Vasco da Gama on the way.

* In 2005, he was appointed as coach of Gremio, one of Brazil`s most popular clubs, with the job of leading them out of the second division. He succeeded in extraordinary style.

In their final game away to Nautico and needing a draw to be promoted at their opponents` expense, Gremio survived a penalty miss -- which followed a 25-minute suspension of the match as players argued -- and had four players sent off but still

managed to sneak a 1-0 win with a late goal.

* The following season, Gremio finished third in the first division.

* In 2007, they went all the way to the final of the Libertadores Cup, the South American equivalent of the Champions League, before losing to Boca Juniors.

* In 2008, Menezes joined Corinthians who, like Gremio, were in the second division. Describing it as "the biggest job in Brazilian football", he once again won promotion at the first attempt, Corinthians losing only three times in a 38-match campaign.

* The following season, Corinthians signed former Brazil striker Ronaldo who returned to play at home after a 15-year absence. They won the Copa Brasil knockout competition.

* This year, Menezes suffered his first major disappointment with Corinthians when they were knocked out of the Libertadores in the round-of-16.

* Accepted the position as coach of five-times world champions Brazil, replacing Dunga, who quit after Brazil`s shock quarter-final defeat to the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

* In contrast to his hard-nosed predecessor Dunga, Menezes is regarded as easy-going and relaxed.

Bureau Report


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