Carlos Alberto Parreira

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Carlos Alberto Parreira
Carlos Alberto Parreira at University of the Witwatersrand 2010-06-04 4.jpg
Parreira as manager of South Africa in 2010
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira
Date of birth (1943-02-27) 27 February 1943 (age 79)
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Teams managed
Years Team
1967-1968 Ghana
1974 Fluminense
1975 Fluminense
1976–1977 Kuwait (assistant)
1978–1982 Kuwait
1983 Brazil
1984 Fluminense
1985–1988 United Arab Emirates
1988–1990 Saudi Arabia
1990–1991 United Arab Emirates
1991 Bragantino
1991–1994 Brazil
1994–1995 Valencia
1995–1996 Fenerbahçe
1996 São Paulo
1997 MetroStars
1998 Saudi Arabia
1999–2000 Fluminense
2000 Atlético Mineiro
2000 Santos
2001–2002 Internacional
2002–2003 Corinthians
2003–2006 Brazil
2007–2008 South Africa
2009 Fluminense
2009–2010 South Africa
2012–2014 Brazil (technical director)
Men's football
Representing  Brazil (as manager)
FIFA World Cup
Winner 1994 USA
Copa América
Winner 2004 Peru
FIFA Confederations Cup
Winner 2005 Germany
Lunar New Year Cup
Winner 2005 Hong Kong
Representing  Kuwait (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Winner 1980 Kuwait
Arabian Gulf Cup
Winner 1982 UAE
Representing  Saudi Arabia (as manager)
AFC Asian Cup
Winner 1988 Qatar
Representing  South Africa (as manager)
Winner 2007 South Africa

Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira (born 27 February 1943) is a Brazilian former football manager who holds the record for attending the most FIFA World Cup final tournaments as manager with six appearances. He also managed five different national teams in five editions of the FIFA World Cup. He managed Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup, the 2004 Copa América, and the 2005 Confederations Cup. He is also the only manager to have led two different Asian teams to conquer the AFC Asian Cup.

He last managed the South Africa national football team.

Parreira is one of the most successful managers to have never played football himself.

Coaching career[edit]

Parreira supports Fluminense, and he has won two league titles for the club: The First Division Brazilian Championship in 1984 and the Third Division in 1999. About the latter title, Parreira has said that this was personally the most important trophy of his career, even more so than Brazil's World Cup triumph, as the club he loved was facing near-bankruptcy and became very close to extinction at the time[citation needed].

Parreira is one of two coaches that has led five national teams to the World Cup: Kuwait in 1982, United Arab Emirates in 1990, Brazil in 1994 and 2006, Saudi Arabia in 1998 and South Africa in 2010. The other coach, Bora Milutinović, reached this record when he led a fifth team in 2002. Parreira was also involved with the 1970 championship team for Brazil, which he claims was an inspiration for him to aspire to be a national football coach.

In 1997, Parreira coached the MetroStars of the American Major League Soccer. He also coached Fenerbahçe in Turkey and won a Turkish League Championship. Parreira was in charge of Corinthians in 2002, which gave him two of the most important national trophies of 2002: The Brazilian Cup and the Torneio Rio-São Paulo, besides being runner up at the Brazilian League.

When coaching Saudi Arabia at the 1998 World Cup in France, he was fired after two matches, one of three managers to be sacked during the tournament.

Parreira repeatedly turned down offers to coach Brazil again between 1998 and 2002 World Cups. In end of 2000, when the team was in turmoil after firing Vanderlei Luxemburgo, he refused the post, stating that he did not want to relive the stress and pressure of winning the World Cup again. There were public cries again to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari for Parreira in July 2001 when Brazil lost two matches to Mexico and Honduras in its title defense at the 2001 Copa América in Colombia, especially after last minute invitee (replacing Argentina who dropped out one day before the kickoff) Honduras defeated 2–0 and eliminated the favorite Brazil in quarter finals round on July 23, 2001. Parreira only stated that he would indirectly assist Scolari in the 2002 campaign. After the 2002 World Cup, Parreira took part in drafting a technical report of the tournament. He was named coach along with Mario Zagallo as assistant director in January 2003, with the goal of defending their World Cup title in Germany 2006, but on July 1, 2006 Brazil was defeated and eliminated 0–1 by France in the quarterfinals.

After Brazil's exit from the World Cup, Parreira was heavily criticized by the Brazilian public and media for playing an outdated brand of football and not using the players available to him properly. Parreira subsequently resigned on July 19, 2006. He coached Brazil to victory in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and was the coach of the South Africa national football team[1] until resigning in April 2008.[2] On October 22, 2009 it was announced he would return as head coach of South Africa. He announced a verbal agreement with the South African Football Association on October 23, 2009.[3]

He resumed coaching South Africa in 2009 in time for the 2010 World Cup. In South Africa, his team drew with Mexico, 1–1, in the tournament opener, lost to Uruguay, 3–0, and beat France, 2–1, to finish third in Group A. After the France game, he tried to shake hands with French coach Raymond Domenech but the latter refused.[4]

On 25 June 2010 he announced his retirement as football coach.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Fitness coach[edit]

Assistant coach[edit]

FIFA World Cup matches[edit]

Parreira has coached national squads in 23 games in FIFA World Cup finals. Parreira's coaching record is 10–4–9 (Wins-Draws-Losses). His teams have scored 28 goals and conceded 32. Below is a list of all matches, along with their outcomes:

1982 FIFA World Cup[edit]

17 June 1982 Group stage Czechoslovakia  1–1  Kuwait Valladolid
17:15 CEST Panenka 21' (pen.) Report Al-Dakhil 57' Stadium: Estadio José Zorrilla
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Benjamin Dwomoh (Ghana)
21 June 1982 Group stage France  4–1  Kuwait Valladolid
17:15 CEST Genghini 31'
Platini 43'
Didier Six 48'
Bossis 89'
Report Al-Buloushi 75' Stadium: Estadio José Zorrilla
Attendance: 30,043
Referee: Myroslav Stupar (Soviet Union)
25 June 1982 Group stage England  1–0  Kuwait Bilbao
17:15 CEST Francis 27' Report Stadium: San Mamés
Attendance: 39,700
Referee: Gilberto Aristizábal (Colombia)

1990 FIFA World Cup[edit]

15 May 1990 Group stage West Germany  5–1  United Arab Emirates Milan
21:00 CEST Völler 35', 75'
Klinsmann 37'
Matthäus 47'
Bein 58'
Report Ismaïl 46' Stadium: San Siro
Attendance: 71,169
Referee: Alexey Spirin (Soviet Union)

1994 FIFA World Cup[edit]

20 June 1994 Group stage Brazil  2–0  Russia Stanford
13:00 PDT
Report Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Attendance: 81,061
Referee: Lim Kee Chong (Mauritius)
24 June 1994 Group stage Brazil  3–0  Cameroon Stanford
13:00 PDT Report Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Attendance: 83,401
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)
28 June 1994 Group stage Brazil  1–1  Sweden Pontiac
16:00 EDT Romário 46' Report K. Andersson 23' Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
Attendance: 77,217
Referee: Sándor Puhl (Hungary)
4 July 1994 Round of 16 Brazil  1–0  United States Stanford
12:30 PDT Bebeto 72' Report Stadium: Stanford Stadium
Attendance: 81,147
Referee: Joël Quiniou (France)
9 July 1994 Quarter-finals Netherlands  2–3  Brazil Dallas
14:30 CDT
Stadium: Cotton Bowl
Attendance: 63,500
Referee: Rodrigo Badilla (Costa Rica)
13 July 1994 Semi-finals Sweden  0–1  Brazil Pasadena
16:30 PDT Report Romário 80' Stadium: Rose Bowl
Attendance: 91,856
Referee: José Torres Cadena (Colombia)

1998 FIFA World Cup[edit]

12 June 1998 Group stage Saudi Arabia  0–1  Denmark Lens
17:30 Report Rieper 69' Stadium: Stade Félix Bollaert
Attendance: 38,100
Referee: Javier Castrilli (Argentina)
18 June 1998 Group stage France  4–0  Saudi Arabia Saint-Denis
Report Stadium: Stade de France
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Arturo Brizio Carter (Mexico)

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

13 June 2006 Group stage Brazil  1–0  Croatia Berlin
21:00 Kaká 44' Report Stadium: Olympiastadion
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Benito Archundia (Mexico)
18 June 2006 Group stage Brazil  2–0  Australia Munich
Report Stadium: FIFA WM-Stadion München
Attendance: 66,000
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
22 June 2006 Group stage Japan  1–4  Brazil Dortmund
21:00 Tamada 34' Report
Stadium: FIFA WM-Stadion Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Éric Poulat (France)
27 June 2006 Round of 16 Brazil  3–0  Ghana Dortmund
17:00 Report Stadium: FIFA WM-Stadion Dortmund
Attendance: 65,000
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
1 July 2006 Quarter-finals Brazil  0–1  France Frankfurt
21:00 Report Henry 57' Stadium: FIFA WM-Stadion Frankfurt
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain)

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

11 June 2010 Group stage South Africa  1–1  Mexico Johannesburg
16:00 Tshabalala 55' Report Márquez 79' Stadium: Soccer City
Attendance: 84,490
Referee: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan)
16 June 2010 Group stage South Africa  0–3  Uruguay Pretoria
20:30 Report
Stadium: Loftus Versfeld Stadium
Attendance: 42,658
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
22 June 2010 Group stage France  1–2  South Africa Bloemfontein
16:00 Malouda 70' Report
Stadium: Free State Stadium
Attendance: 39,415
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (Colombia)






Saudi Arabia
South Africa


See also[edit]


  1. ^ ""Carlos Alberto Parreira new coach South Africa for Fifa 2010"". Archived from the original on 15 October 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2006.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link). Cape Town 15 October 2006.
  2. ^ "Parreira quits as SA coach". BBC Sport. 21 April 2008. Archived from the original on 29 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  3. ^ "South Africa reappoint Parreira". BBC Sport. 23 October 2009. Archived from the original on 18 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  4. ^ "World Cup 2010: Domenech snubs Parreira handshake". BBC Sport. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2012.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Parreiras Nachfolger: Mosimane ist Favorit". Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 25 June 2010.
  6. ^ "FORMER RESULTS". Archived from the original on 15 June 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2015.