“Big Phil,” as the 70-year-old coach is often called, was also in charge of Brazil during its 7-1 humiliation against Germany in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, and a third-place 3-0 defeat by the Netherlands. He went on to coach Brazilian team Gremio — where he had previously won the Brazilian championship in 1996 — before going to China.
Scolari returned to Brazil in July, when Palmeiras was sixth in the standings, after leading Guangzhou Evergrande to three straight Chinese Super League titles and an Asian Champions League crown.
The coach said it didn’t feel like redemption for him in Brazil after the 2014 debacle.
“I am not old-fashioned, I am not the best and I am not the worst. I am a good coach,” Scolari told journalists.
Scolari said, however, that the title helped to make up for Palmeiras being eliminated by Boca Juniors in the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores and by Cruzeiro at the same stage of the Brazilian Cup.
Scolari, whose contract with Palmeiras is until the end of 2020, has won a series of trophies with Brazilian clubs.
He won the Copa Libertadores with Gremio in 1995 and with Palmeiras four years later. He has four Brazilian Cup titles, including one with Criciuma, a small club from southern Brazil currently in the second division.
Palmeiras will lift the trophy in front of its fans next weekend against Vitoria in Sao Paulo.
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