Carlos Alberto Parreira

This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Gomes and the second or paternal family name is Parreira.
Carlos Alberto Parreira

Parreira in 2010
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira
Date of birth (1943-02-27) 27 February 1943
Place of birth Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Teams managed
Years Team
1967 Ghana
1974 Fluminense
1975 Fluminense
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)

Carlos Alberto Gomes Parreira (born 27 February 1943, in Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian former football manager. He managed Brazil to victory at the 1994 World Cup, the 2004 Copa América, and the 2005 Confederations Cup. He was last manager of the South Africa national football team.

Coaching career

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.

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 two 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]

Fitness coach

Assistant coach

Honours as manager



National team

Saudi Arabia
South Africa



FIFA World Cup matches

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

 Czechoslovakia 1–1  Kuwait
 France 4–1 Kuwait
 England 1–0 Kuwait

1990 FIFA World Cup

 Colombia 2–0  United Arab Emirates
 West Germany 5–1 United Arab Emirates
 Yugoslavia 4–1 United Arab Emirates

1994 FIFA World Cup

 Brazil 2–0  Russia
Brazil 3–0  Cameroon
Brazil 1–1  Sweden
Brazil 1–0  United States
Brazil 3–2  Netherlands
Brazil 1–0  Sweden
Brazil 0(3)–(2)0  Italy

1998 FIFA World Cup

 Denmark 1–0  Saudi Arabia
 France 4–0 Saudi Arabia

2006 FIFA World Cup

 Brazil 1–0  Croatia
Brazil 2–0  Australia
Brazil 4–1  Japan
Brazil 3–0  Ghana
Brazil 0–1  France

2010 FIFA World Cup

 South Africa 1–1  Mexico
South Africa 0–3  Uruguay
South Africa 2–1  France


  1. "Carlos Alberto Parreira new coach South Africa for Fifa 2010" at the Wayback Machine (archived October 15, 2006). Cape Town 15 October 2006.
  2. "Parreira quits as SA coach". BBC Sport. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 21 April 2008.
  3. "South Africa reappoint Parreira". BBC Sport. 23 October 2009. Retrieved 24 October 2009.
  4. "World Cup 2010: Domenech snubs Parreira handshake". BBC Sport. 23 June 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2012.
  5. Parreiras Nachfolger: Mosimane ist Favorit
  6. "FORMER RESULTS". Retrieved 10 November 2015.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Germany Jürgen Klinsmann
FIFA World Cup host country managers
Succeeded by
Brazil Luiz Felipe Scolari
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