Big Phil back at the Bridge! Scolari returns to Chelsea…but only for Brazil-Russia clash
15:33 GMT, 15 January 2013
17:34 GMT, 15 January 2013
He may not be Roberto Di Matteo but Chelsea fans will see a former manager return to the club next month.
Luiz Felipe Scolari will set foot inside Stamford Bridge again but it won’t be to replace interim boss, Rafael Benitez.
Scolari will lead his Brazil side out in an international friendly against Russia, managed by ex-England boss Fabio Capello.
Guess who's back: Luiz Felipe Scolari returns to Chelsea with his Brazil side
Quick decline: Despite a promising start, Scolari failed to win over the Chelsea dressing room before being dismissed seven months into the job
The Brazilian spent just seven months in charge of the west London club before being sacked in February 2009 but admitted he was looking forward to returning.
Scolari said: 'Going to London is a great joy. It will be an opportunity to thank the Chelsea's fans for the affection and the great interaction I had with them.
‘The game against Russia will be very
important in order to prepare Brazil's national team for the
Confederations Cup in 2013 and the World Cup in 2014. Russia is a strong
opponent and it is traditionally hard to play against them.'
England's nemesis: Scolari eliminated the Three Lions from three successive tournaments between 2002 and 2006 while in charge of Brazil and then Portugal
Familiar face: former England manager Fabio Capello will lead out Russia against Scolari's Brazil at Stamford Bridge
Scolari enjoyed a positive start in his spell as Chelsea manager, winning 10 of his first 13 league games. But just four victories in his next 12 ultimately cost him his job as his side slipped out of the title picture.
The 64-year-old was appointed Brazil boss for a second time last November, having helped the country lift the World Cup in 2002 before going on to lead Portugal at Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.
The match between Brazil and Russia will be the first international match at Stamford Bridge for 60 years – the ground having previously hosted four England games – and is due to take place on Monday March 25 at 7.30pm.