“Among my leaders I chose Roberto Carlos, a guy who speaks more than the world, and Rivaldo, a guy who doesn’t even say good morning when he gets up.”
Brazil, and particularly their star striker Ronaldo, were still scarred by the disappointment of losing to France in the 1998 World Cup final when, in 2001, Luiz Felipe Scolari was appointed to lead them into the 2002 edition in South Korea and Japan. Their preparations suffered a further setback when Emerson, then captain of the Selecao, sustained an injury that ruled him out of the entire competition and left Scolari without one of his most influential players and his leader. The manager nevertheless succeeded in inspiring his team to what remains Brazil’s most recent World Cup glory.
Here, in an exclusive interview with The Coaches’ Voice, Scolari revisits what arguably remains his greatest success as a coach.