Ranking 10 Most Likely Successors to Luiz Felipe Scolari

Christopher AtkinsContributor IJuly 16, 2014

Ranking 10 Most Likely Successors to Luiz Felipe Scolari

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    Luiz Felipe Scolari has been relieved of his duties and Brazil are on the hunt for a new manager to take their national side forward ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Those thus far linked with the job, which Brazil's footballing governing body (CBF) have acknowledged could go to a foreign coach, have ranged from the uninspiring to the fanciful.

    It is a job that holds great esteem within the world game but one few people will ever get the opportunity to undertake.

    Who, then, are those linked from least to most likely?

10. Pep Guardiola

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    In many of the polls that have been conducted thus far, the name of Pep Guardiola has appeared right at the top.

    The Bayern Munich manager is the one foreign manager who many would love to see come to Brazil, with his style of possession-based play akin to how many would like to see the Selecao play.

    The chances of the CBF coaxing Guardiola away from Bayern, though, are low and the hopes of his appointment would appear more dream than reality.

9. Jorge Sampaoli

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    Jorge Sampaoli would be an ideal candidate to manage the Brazil national side if it weren’t for one factor—his nationality.

    Having performed so well with both Chile and previously Universidad de Chile, his fast-paced attacking game would do much to appease the demands of Brazil’s supporters.

    For Brazil to appoint an Argentine to manage the national side would seem the ultimate concession of defeat and is highly unlikely to occur.

8. Leonardo

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    Former Milan player and manager Leonardo has been speculated as a possible candidate for the role of Selecao head coach given his experiences in European football.

    The 1994 World Cup winner’s management career, though, amounts to merely 18 months in Italy and he has only a Coppa Italia to show for his efforts.

    His time as a director at PSG was a mixed bag but, even for his successes there, he significantly lacks management experience compared to his rivals.

7. Cuca

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    Shandong Luneng manager Cuca is the most recent Brazilian winner of the Copa Libertadores, having guided Atletico Mineiro to the title in 2013.

    However, what plays against the former Galo manager is his high-value long-term contract in China and history of other failures.

    Having been successful in a continental tournament will play in his favour, and he has supporters, but remains very unlikely to get the job.

6. Alexandre Gallo

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    Former Nautico and current Brazil under-20 manager Alexandre Gallo has been handed the job on a temporary basis until the end of the year and will hope to impress.

    While he impressed with Nautico, his career with national youth teams has been mixed. His under-20 side flopped at the 2013 South American championships, while his under-17 side only impressed in fits and starts at the World Cup of the same year.

    Two wins in the Toulon tournament, though, have somewhat restored his reputation and he will hope that he can now continue that rise with some positive showings in friendlies later this year.

5. Vanderlei Luxemburgo

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    Vanderlei Luxemburgo was the last Brazilian manager prior to Luiz Felipe Scolari to manage a major European side during a disastrous spell at Real Madrid. Sadly, his previous stint in charge of the Selecao was little better.

    He has achieved success in the past, winning league titles with Palmeiras, Santos, Corinthians and Cruzeiro. However, he has won little of note for a decade.

    There are those who remember his former glories. However, his recent spells with Flamengo and Gremio have damaged his reputation considerably.

4. Marcelo Oliveira

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    Cruzeiro manager Marcelo Oliveira is achieving great things in Belo Horizonte at present, as the reigning Brasileirao champions attempt to repeat their triumph.

    Having taken an unfancied Coritiba side to the final of the Copa do Brasil in 2012, he can at least boast recent success at more than one club.

    Going against him, though, is his lack of continental success and relative lack of history of commanding superstar players. He would seem an outsider for the role.

3. Muricy Ramalho

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    Muricy Ramalho was the man that many felt should have claimed the Brazil job after Dunga in 2010 and he is set to be in the running again this time around.

    A four-time winner of the Brasileirao in the past decade, Muricy’s greatest success came in guiding a Neymar-inspired Santos to the Libertadores title in 2011.

    The past couple of years, though, have not been so kind on the temperamental manager and his stock has fallen somewhat in the eyes of the public.

2. Abel Braga

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    Internacional manager Abel Braga won the Brasileirao with Fluminense in 2012 having taken the side to a second-place finish a year earlier.

    Added to his previous Copa Libertadores success with Internacional, he has a CV that puts him among the leading candidates for the job regardless of a disappointing end to his time at Fluminense.

    With experience as a player in France and as a manager with some success in the UAE, he can point to wider international experience than many of his rivals.

1. Tite

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    Former Corinthians manager Tite is currently the leading candidate for the job, with his immediate availability and recent successes playing in his favour.

    At Timao, he first guided the club to the Brasileirao title in 2011 before winning South America’s Copa Libertadores title the following year.

    What will count against him in the eyes of many is the negative style with which his sides have played. Brazilian supporters expect entertainment as well as success, but with Tite there is little guarantee of either.