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 60)
Place of birth Passo do Sobrado, Brazil
Club information
Current team
Internacional (manager)
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
2020 Bahia
2021 Al Nassr
2022– Internacional

Luiz Antônio Venker de Menezes (born 11 June 1962), known as Mano Menezes, is a Brazilian professional football coach and former player. He is the current manager of Internacional.

He managed the Brazil national team from July 2010 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]

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 career

Menezes was the coach of Grêmio from 2005 through 2007. 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 career

15 de Novembro

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 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 had 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 Luneng

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 had 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]


On 8 September 2020, Mano was named manager of Bahia in the top tier, agreeing to a contract until the end of 2021. [21] On 20 December, after a 3–4 away loss against Flamengo, he was sacked.[22]

Al Nassr

On 9 April 2021, he was appointed as the head coach of Saudi club Al Nassr.[23] On 19 September 2021, he was sacked after a 1–3 loss against Ittihad.


On 19 April 2022, Mano was appointed manager of Internacional back in his home country.[24]



As of 14 August 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Caxias 23 June 2004 20 April 2005 48 27 11 10 056.3
Grêmio 21 April 2005 31 December 2007 135 65 29 41 048.1
Corinthians 1 January 2008 25 July 2010 107 53 32 22 049.5
Brazil 26 July 2010 23 November 2012 33 21 6 6 063.6
Brazil U23 2012 2012 7 6 0 1 085.7
Flamengo 13 June 2013 19 September 2013 22 9 6 7 040.9
Corinthians 1 January 2014 31 December 2014 61 31 15 15 050.8
Cruzeiro 1 September 2015 31 December 2015 16 8 6 2 050.0
Shandong Luneng 1 January 2016 7 June 2016 22 8 7 7 036.4
Cruzeiro 27 July 2016 9 August 2019 211 101 60 50 047.9
Palmeiras 7 September 2019 2 December 2019 20 11 5 4 055.0
Bahia 11 September 2020 20 December 2020 24 8 4 12 033.3
Al-Nassr 9 April 2021 20 September 2021 16 9 3 4 056.3
Internacional 18 April 2022 present 28 12 12 4 042.9
Total 750 369 196 185 049.2



See also


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  2. ^ "A trajetória de Mano Menezes aos 48 anos comando da seleção brasileira" (in Portuguese). O Globo. July 23, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Classificação" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 5, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2009.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "CBF convida Mano Menezes e já fala na primeira convocação" (in Portuguese). Retrieved July 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "Brazil name Dunga's replacement as they rebuild for the next World Cup". Guardian. London. July 24, 2010. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  7. ^ "Meet Mano Menezes the new Brazil coach". Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  8. ^ "Menezes' Brazil start with impressive victory". August 11, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "Brazil lose out to Paraguay after missing four penalties in shoot-out". Guardian. London. May 18, 2011. Retrieved July 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: Brazil coach Mano Menezes targets first football gold medal". The Daily Telegraph. March 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "Brazil legend Romario criticizes Mano Menezes for Olympic failure |".
  12. ^ "Mano deixa o comando da Seleção: CBF anunciará substituto em janeiro" (in Portuguese). November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  13. ^ "Mano Menezes sacked as Brazil coach". November 23, 2012. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  14. ^ "Brazil sack Mano Menezes as football bosses flex their muscles". BBC Sport. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  15. ^ "Brazil sack coach Mano Menezes". ESPN. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  16. ^ "Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes to coach Flamengo". Sports Illustrated. June 14, 2013. Retrieved June 26, 2013.
  17. ^ "Soccer-Mano Menezes resigns as Corinthians coach".
  18. ^ "鲁能泰山-官方公告". Archived from the original on June 25, 2016.
  19. ^ "马加特加盟鲁能泰山足球俱乐部". Archived from the original on June 13, 2016.
  20. ^ "Técnico Mano Menezes está de volta ao comando do Cruzeiro: "Honra"". Retrieved July 26, 2016.
  21. ^ "Bahia acerta com Mano Menezes, e treinador vai assinar até dezembro de 2021". ge (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved September 9, 2020.
  22. ^ "Comunicado" [Announcement] (in Brazilian Portuguese). EC Bahia. December 20, 2020. Retrieved December 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "Mano Menezes é anunciado no Al Nassr, da Arábia Saudita". April 9, 2021.
  24. ^ "Mano Menezes é o novo técnico do Inter" [Mano Menezes is the new manager of Inter] (in Brazilian Portuguese). SC Internacional. April 19, 2022. Retrieved April 20, 2022.