Mano Menezes

Luiz Antônio Venker de Menezes (born 11 June 1962), known as Mano Menezes, is a Brazilian football manager. He managed the Brazil national team until his sacking on November 2012. His nickname comes from his early childhood, when his sister used to call him "Mano", which is a popular slang term meaning "brother" in Portuguese.[1]

Mano Menezes
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Menezes in 2011
Personal information
Full name Luiz Antônio Venker de Menezes
Date of birth (1962-06-11) 11 June 1962 (age 58)
Place of birth Passo do Sobrado, Brazil
Teams managed
Years Team
1997–2002 Guarani–VA
2002 Brasil de Pelotas
2003 Guarani–VA
2003 Iraty
2003–2004 15 de Novembro
2004–2005 Caxias
2005–2007 Grêmio
2008–2010 Corinthians
2010–2012 Brazil
2012 Brazil U23
2013 Flamengo
2014 Corinthians
2015 Cruzeiro
2016 Shandong Luneng
2016–2019 Cruzeiro
2019 Palmeiras

He was born in Passo do Sobrado, Rio Grande do Sul, and began his footballing career as a defender for Guarani de Venâncio Aires in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He gave up playing to become a physical education professional, beginning in 1986 in Rio Grande do Sul, before going on to Guarani de Venâncio Aires, Juventude and Internacional (as well as a spell in 1997 with Paulo Autuori at Cruzeiro).[2]

Early life and careerEdit

Menezes was the coach of Grêmio from 2005 through 2007, a relatively long time for a coach in Brazilian football. He led them to promotion in 2005 and followed that up with a third-place finish in the 2006 Série A. In 2007, he led Grêmio to the final of the Copa Libertadores. At the end of the 2007 season, he took over as coach of Corinthians and started the 2008 season with a 3–0 win over Guarani. Menezes led Corinthians to the 2008 Série B title with 25 wins, 10 draws and three losses, finishing with 85 points.[3]

Coaching careerEdit

15 de NovembroEdit

Mano's biggest highlight during his managerial time at 15 de Novembro was during 2004 Copa do Brasil. As the coach of the team, who has never even won the Rio Grande do Sul state championship, he made to the semifinals, beating more traditional clubs such as four-time Campeonato Brasileiro Série A champion Vasco da Gama.


In April 2005, Menezes was hired as coach by Grêmio to be responsible for bringing back the team to the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, which he achieved and also won the Campeonato Brasileiro Série B championship title that year in a match that became known as "The Battle of the Afflicted (Batalha dos Aflitos)", due to events that took place along the departure and the fact that this has been held in the stadium Aflitos, Náutico's stadium in Recife, Pernambuco. This episode later became a movie named Batalha dos Aflitos, released in 2007.

In 2006, he led Grêmio when they took the win in the Campeonato Gaúcho with a victory over arch-rival Internacional, the first time Grêmio had won since 2001. Also in 2006, Grêmio ranked in third in the Série A, thereby earning a place in the 2007 Copa Libertadores. In 2007 they won the Campeonato Gaúcho again and reached the final in Copa Libertadores, where they lost to Boca Juniors.

Menezes left Grêmio after 169 games, with 89 wins, 35 draws and 45 losses, a win rate of 59.56%; 302 points were earned from a total of 507. The last game played by Grêmio with him as coach was the last game of the season's Série A, on 28 November 2007, against Corinthians, the team he was to coach next. In losing that match, the Corinthians were relegated to Série B.


Menezes in 2009

Menezes was hired to manage the Corinthians at the end of 2007, and to raise them back up from relegation. In 2008, Corinthians played the Copa do Brasil, losing to Sport Club do Recife. That year they also took the title of Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2008.

In May 2009, Menezes led Corinthians to become unbeaten champions of the Campeonato Paulista. On 1 July 2009, Corinthians won the Copa do Brasil against Internacional. With the win, Corinthians gained entry to the 2010 Copa Libertadores.[4]


On 24 July 2010, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) announced that Mano would replace Dunga as manager of the Brazil national team. He was not the CBF's first choice, but Fluminense had refused to release Muricy Ramalho the day before.[5][6] Menezes' appointment was generally well received, although some pointed out that his favoured playing style resembled Dunga's defensive style.[7] He coached his first Brazil match on 10 August 2010, a 2–0 win against the United States. For this match, he selected many young players, including Diego Tardelli, André and David Luiz, among others. In addition, Menezes selected only four players that participated in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa: Dani Alves, Ramires, Thiago Silva and Robinho, as well as 2010 World Cup cuts Alexandre Pato, Marcelo and Neymar.[8]

At the 2011 Copa América, Brazil went out in the quarter-finals on penalties to Paraguay after a 0–0 draw, with Brazil missing all the four of its penalties.[9] He was also the coach of the Olympic team at London 2012, hoping to win the long-awaited gold medal for Brazil, the only accolade Brazil had not won in football,[10] however they were defeated by Mexico in the final and Menezes was the target of criticism in Brazil.[11]

Following disappointing results, Menezes was sacked on 23 November 2012.[12][13][14][15]


In June 2013, Menezes was named as the new coach of Brazilian club Flamengo.[16]


In 2014, Menezes returned to Corinthians. After helping Corinthians to a fourth-place league finish, as well as qualifying for the Copa Libertadores, on 6 December 2014 Menezes resigned as manager of the club.[17]

Shandong LunengEdit

In December 2015, Shandong Luneng Taishan of the Chinese Super League announced that Menezes would be the new coach of the team.

On 21 April 2016, with a 1–0 victory over Japanese side Sanfrecce Hiroshima, Shandong Luneng returned to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League after an 11-year absence, with one round of the group stage in advance. On 25 May, Shandong Luneng defeated Sydney FC, entering the quarter-finals of the AFC Champions League, which was the best result for the team in ACL. In contrast to the excellent performance in continental competition, Shandong fell into the relegation zone in domestic league. On 7 Jun 2016, Shandong Luneng Taishan announced that Mano resigned for personal reasons and he was no longer the manager of the team.[18] He was replaced by former FC Bayern Munich and VfL Wolfsburg manager Felix Magath.[19]


After the fiasco in China, Mano returned to Cruzeiro in order to repeat the campaign of the Brasileirão 2015, when freed from relegation.[20]

Brazil resultsEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorers Competition
1 August 10, 2010 New Jersey, United States   United States 2–0 Neymar and Alexandre Pato Friendly
2 September 7, 2010 Sant Joan Despí, Spain   Barcelona B 3–0 Lucas, Pato and Fernandinho Unofficial friendly
3 October 7, 2010 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   Iran 3–0 Da. Alves, Alexandre Pato and Nilmar Friendly
4 October 11, 2010 Derby, England   Ukraine 2–0 Da. Alves and Pato Friendly
5 November 17, 2010 Doha, Qatar   Argentina 0–1 Friendly
6 February 9, 2011 Saint-Denis, France   France 0–1 Friendly
7 March 27, 2011 London, England   Scotland 2–0 Neymar (2) Friendly
8 June 4, 2011 Goiânia, Brazil   Netherlands 0–0 Friendly
9 June 7, 2011 São Paulo, Brazil   Romania 1–0 Fred Friendly
10 July 3, 2011 La Plata, Argentina   Venezuela 0–0 2011 Copa América
11 July 9, 2011 Córdoba, Argentina   Paraguay 2–2 Fred and Jádson 2011 Copa América
12 July 13, 2011 Córdoba, Argentina   Ecuador 4–2 Pato (2) and Neymar (2) 2011 Copa América
13 July 17, 2011 La Plata, Argentina   Paraguay 0–0
(0–2 PSO)
2011 Copa América
14 August 10, 2011 Stuttgart, Germany   Germany 2–3 Robinho and Neymar Friendly
15 September 5, 2011 Fulham, England   Ghana 1–0 Leandro Damião Friendly
16 September 14, 2011 Córdoba, Argentina   Argentina 0–0 Superclásico de las Américas
17 September 28, 2011 Belém, Brazil   Argentina 2–0 Lucas and Neymar Superclásico de las Américas
18 October 11, 2011 Estadio Corona, Mexico   Mexico 2–1 Ronaldinho and Marcelo Friendly
19 November 10, 2011 Stade Omar Bongo, Gabon   Gabon 2–0 Sandro and Hernanes Friendly
20 November 14, 2011 Ahmed bin Ali Stadium, Al Rayyan   Egypt 2–0 Jonas (2) Friendly
21 February 28, 2012 AFG Arena, Switzerland   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2–1 Marcelo and Papac (o.g.) Friendly
22 May 26, 2012 Volksparkstadion, Germany   Denmark 3–1 Hulk (2) and Zimling (o.g.) Friendly
23 May 30, 2012 FedExField, United States   United States 4–1 Neymar (pen.), Silva, Marcelo and Pato Friendly
24 June 3, 2012 Cowboys Stadium, United States   Mexico 0–2 Friendly
25 June 9, 2012 MetLife Stadium, United States   Argentina 3–4 Rômulo, Oscar and Hulk Friendly
26 August 14, 2012 Råsunda Stadium, Sweden   Sweden 3–0 Leandro Damião and Pato (2) Friendly
27 September 7, 2012 Estádio do Morumbi, Brazil   South Africa 1–0 Hulk Friendly
28 September 10, 2012 Estádio do Arruda, Brazil   China PR 8–0 Ramires, Neymar (3), Lucas, Hulk, Liu Jianye (o.g.) and Oscar (pen.) Friendly
29 September 19, 2012 Estádio Serra Dourada, Brazil   Argentina 2–1 Paulinho and Neymar (pen.) Superclásico de las Américas
30 October 11, 2012 Swedbank Stadion, Sweden   Iraq 6–0 Oscar (2), Kaká, Hulk, Neymar and Lucas Friendly
31 October 16, 2012 Stadion Miejski, Poland   Japan 4–0 Paulinho, Neymar (2) and Kaká Friendly
32 November 14, 2012 MetLife Stadium, United States   Colombia 1–1 Neymar Friendly
33 November 21, 2012 La Bombonera, Argentina   Argentina 1–2
(win 4–3 PSO)
Fred Superclásico de las Américas

With Brazil national under-23 teamEdit

# Date Venue Opponent Result Goalscorers Competition
1 July 20, 2012 Riverside Stadium, England   Great Britain 2–0 Sandro and Neymar Friendly
2 July 26, 2012 Millennium Stadium, Wales   Egypt 3–2 Rafael, Leandro Damião and Neymar 2012 Olympic Games
3 July 29, 2012 Old Trafford, England   Belarus 3–1 Pato, Neymar and Oscar 2012 Olympic Games
4 August 1, 2012 St James' Park, England   New Zealand 3–0 Danilo, Leandro Damião and Sandro 2012 Olympic Games
5 August 4, 2012 St James' Park, England   Honduras 3–2 Leandro Damião (2) and Neymar 2012 Olympic Games
6 August 7, 2012 Old Trafford, England   South Korea 3–0 Rômulo and Leandro Damião (2) 2012 Olympic Games
7 August 11, 2012 Wembley Stadium, England   Mexico 1–2 Hulk 2012 Olympic Games


  • SuperClássico de las Américas: 2011 and 2012

See alsoEdit

List of Brazil national football team managers


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