Ranking Luiz Felipe Scolari Amongst All-Time Brazil Bosses

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor IJuly 15, 2014

Ranking Luiz Felipe Scolari Amongst All-Time Brazil Bosses

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    It is fair to say that Brazil's tumultuous ending to the 2014 World Cup, including their 7-1 semifinal defeat to eventual champions Germany, has left Luiz Felipe Scolari's reputation battered and bruised.

    However, given his success in pulling the team together from a position of relative turmoil 18 months ago, he does deserve some credit for the task performed. That will not be how his second spell as head coach is remembered though.

    The 2002 World Cup winner can point to his success just over a decade ago as part of his claim to greatness, but where does he rank among Brazil's great coaches?

    Here, Bleacher Report attempts to rate the Selecao's World Cup coaches of the past 30 years based on their performance at the helm of the national side.

6. Sebastiao Lazaroni

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    Sebastiao Lazaroni may have won three of his four World Cup games, but a round of 16 defeat to Argentina—Brazil's worst result in the current format of the competition has defined his legacy.

    It is fair to say that he was handicapped by a far from vintage generation at his disposal, but his attempts to see Brazil achieve success with a 3-5-2 formation ultimately proved futile.

    Had it not been for a solitary Claudio Caniggia goal, of which Brazilian fans were constantly reminded at the World Cup just past, things may have been different. However, football is a brutal game and Lazaroni's side are not fondly remembered.

5. Dunga

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    Poor Dunga was always set to live and die by his results, having insisted on implementing a counterattacking style that moved against the traditions held dear by many in Brazil.

    His reign had looked promising, too, winning both the Copa America and Confederations Cup in the build up to the competition in South Africa. However, all would go very wrong in a cataclysmic 45 minutes against Netherlands.

    Felipe Melo had been an integral part of Dunga's plans but saw red for a moment of madness, while Julio Cesar allowed Wesley Sneijder to score from a free-kick when it should never have been possible.

    Brazil had appeared so comfortable, but it was ultimately meaningless. Dunga's reputation paid a high price for failure.

4. Tele Santana

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    Tele Santana lost just one of the ten matches he coached Brazil for at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups, yet failed to get his side to a semifinal in either tournament.

    For all the beauty of his side in 1982, they failed to secure success and his later magnificent achievements at Sao Paulo also do nothing to help him move him up these rankings.

    Brazil are a nation who judge their World Cup participants in cold, hard trophies and Santana's failure to come close to landing a title weighs heavily against him.

    A great manager he may have been, but he loses out to those perhaps lesser coaches who brought success home.

3. Luiz Felipe Scolari

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    Brazil should never fall to a 7-1 defeat at home and, unfortunately for Luiz Felipe Scolari, that has to count heavily against him in such a ranking.

    However, it must also be remembered that he twice helped Brazil out in their hour of need with tournaments fast approaching, winning one in 2002 and achieving their best finish since this time around.

    Indeed, what makes his side's triumph 12 years ago even more impressive was that it was only the second time in history that a Brazil team had won all their games at the competition—matching the great 1970 side of Pele.

    Scolari came close to repeating the trick this time around, rectifying the situation to at least form a presentable Brazil side. Sadly, problems were left unchecked and Germany handed Brazil a lesson when the pressure really began to mount.

2. Carlos Alberto Parreira

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    One defeat in 12 World Cup games and Brazil's first World Cup title for 24 years in 1994 sees Carlos Alberto Parreira rank at No. 2 in our list of managers.

    While the side captained by Dunga were not the most pleasing on the eye, they got the job done and began a succession of three consecutive finals for Brazil leading through to 2002.

    Parreira would return to the role in 2006 only to crash out at the quarterfinal stage with his leading stars Ronaldinho and Kaka failing to ignite as hoped.

    That defeat, though, does not count against him too heavily given the circumstances and France's excellence at the tournament. He is perhaps lucky, though, that his involvement this summer has not been factored in.

1. Mario Zagallo

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    In two World Cups at the helm of the Selecao, Mario Zagallo's worst finish was a runner-up berth in 1998 following a final in which Brazil were outplayed by hosts France.

    His best performance, though, was a stunning 100 percent record at the 1970 World Cup nearly three decades earlier in which his Pele and Jairzinho-inspired side romped to victory.

    The longevity of Zagallo's career, combined with his two stunning results, mean he is virtually untouchable as manager of the Selecao. Had the strange events surrounding Ronaldo's participation in the '98 final not occurred, his record could perhaps have been even better.

    To add to his achievements, he also claimed both Copa America and Confederations Cup crowns in the build up to the tournament in France and played a coordinating role in success in 1994.

    At club level he never achieved such success, but on the international stage he will go down as a World Cup legend as a player and coach.