Former Brazil & Chelsea boss Scolari offered Colombia job
Posted On March 22, 2019
The current Palmeiras coach has been given the chance to step back into international management with a third nation
Palmeiras boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has revealed that he has been offered the vacant Colombia head coach post.
Jose Pekerman stepped down after six years in charge after his side crashed out in the last 16 of the World Cup on penalties against England, despite Colombia Football Federation president Ramon Jesurun voicing his desire for the 69-year-old to take the reins in Qatar in four years’ time.
Former Mexico boss Juan Carlos Osorio was initially tipped for the role, but he opted instead for the Paraguay job.
And veteran coach Scolari has now been targeted as Pekerman’s replacement following the conclusion of the Brazilian domestic season.
“There’s an invite [from Colombia]. It’s a subject that now, with the end of the Brazilian championship, we can think clearly about,” Scolari told ESPN Brazil.
The experienced manager has previously had two stints managing the Brazil national side, winning the 2002 World Cup and crashing out in the semi-final of the 2014 edition against Germany by that infamous 7-1 scoreline.
He also had a spell in charge of Portugal, guiding them to the final of the 2004 European Championship as the host nation.
“In the last 20 or 25 years, I spent 80% of that time outside Brazil,” added Scolari. “So, there’s some familiar issues to consider.”
Scolari has just guided Brazilian outfit Palmeiras to the league title in swashbuckling fashion, finishing eight points clear at the top of the table and recording a 23-game unbeaten run in the process, as well as reaching the semi-finals of both the Copa de Brasil and the Copa Libertadores, making the former Chelsea manager a very popular figure at his current club.
He said: “There’s another family to consider, the Palmeiras one. The way they treated me, there’s this connection between me and the fans. I have to think.
“They have to know that when you are in a place where you are recognised, it is worth much more than other situations.”