Rio de Janeiro, July 28 (CNMSPORTS) - Former Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has been named coach of Palmeiras, signing a deal that ties him to the Sao Paulo club until after his 72nd birthday.
Scolari replaces Roger Machado, who was sacked after Palmeiras' 1-0 defeat at Fluminense on Wednesday, a result that left them seventh in Brazil's 20-team Serie A standings, reports Xinhua news agency.
"Palmeiras have agreed to sign the coach Luiz Felipe Scolari .... (who) has signed a deal with the club until 2020," the club said in an official statement. It will be Scolari's third time in charge of the nine-time Brazilian Serie A champions.
He led them to the 1998 Brazilian Cup and 1999 Copa Libertadores title -- South American football's top club trophy -- during his first spell in charge and again lifted the Brazilian Cup during his second stint in 2012.