Levir Culpi

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Levir Culpi
Personal information
Date of birth (1953-02-28) 28 February 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth Curitiba, Brazil
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972 Coritiba 20 (0)
1973 Botafogo 1 (0)
1974–1978 Santa Cruz 57 (0)
1979–1980 Atlante 32 (1)
1980 Vila Nova
1981 Colorado 5 (0)
1982–1983 Figueirense
1984–1985 Juventude
Teams managed
1986 Juventude
1986 Caxias
1986–1987 Atlético Paranaense
1988 Marcílio Dias
1988–1989 Inter de Limeira
1989–1990 Criciúma
1990 Internacional
1991 Coritiba
1992 Criciúma
1992 Al-Ittifaq
1993 Paraná Clube
1994 Guarani
1994–1995 Atlético Mineiro
1995 Portuguesa
1996 Cruzeiro
1997 Cerezo Osaka
1998–1999 Cruzeiro
2000 São Paulo
2001 Sport
2001 Atlético Mineiro
2002 Palmeiras
2003–2004 Botafogo
2004 Atlético Paranaense
2005 Cruzeiro
2005 São Caetano
2006–2007 Atlético Mineiro
2007–2011 Cerezo Osaka
2012–2013 Cerezo Osaka
2014–2015 Atlético Mineiro

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Levir Culpi (born 28 February 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 Mineiro to the Brazilian Second Division 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.

In May 2007, J. League Division 2 side Cerezo Osaka sacked Satoshi Tsunami and appointed Levir Culpi as a manager. While he had taken charge of the team, he discovered the talent of Shinji Kagawa, who then played as a defensive midfielder, and played him as an attacking midfielder. Kagawa made good combination with Takashi Inui, another talented young player, and the team under Culpi promoted to the J. League Division 1 in 2010. He continued to display his ability to grow young players and construct an attacking team. With such players as Kagawa, Inui, Akihiro Ienaga, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Adriano Ferreira Martins, and Luís Fernando Martinez, the team finished 3rd in 2010 and qualified for the AFC Champions League.

In November 2011, he decided not to extend his contract, saying "I've come to the conclusion that now is the time to return to the far distant Brazil and spend time with my family."[1]

On 26 August 2012, Cerezo Osaka announced termination of contract with Sérgio Soares and reappointment of Levir Culpi.[2]

In April 2014, Levir Culpi was announced as Atlético Mineiro coach for the fourth time in his career. He managed to perform a double in 2014, winning both the Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa do Brasil.



Inter de Limeira
São Paulo
Atlético Mineiro


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Preceded by
Ney Franco
Cruzeiro manager
Succeeded by
P.C. Gusmão
Preceded by
Hiroshi Sowa
Satoshi Tsunami
Sérgio Soares
Cerezo Osaka manager
Succeeded by
Y. Matsuki
Sérgio Soares
Ranko Popović