Levir Culpi

Levir Culpi (Curitiba, February 28, 1953) is a football manager and a former player.

He began his manager career as soon as he retired from football, in 1987, he coached Esporte Clube Juventude. He really started to show his abilities as a manager when he coached the top Paranaense clubs: Atlético Paranaense, Coritiba, and Paraná Clube.

He had more success leading Atlético to the Brazilian Title of 2006, which he also won in 1988 with Inter de Limeira. As of 1996 he had great success winning Copa do Brasil with Cruzeiro. Later he went to São Paulo where he won the Campeonato Paulista in 2000 and became runner-up in the Copa do Brasil. He brought Criciúma to Copa Libertadores in 1992 and took the team to the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Others teams he has managed are Portuguesa and the Japanese team Cerezo Osaka, in 1997.

As of May 2007, he went back to Cerezo Osaka.----


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