Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title, is the new coach of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars of MLS.
Parreira is the one of only two coaches (the other being former U.S. coach Bora Milutinovic) to lead three different nations to the World Cup. In addition to Brazil's 1994 champions, he coached Kuwait in 1982 and the United Arab Emirates in 1990.
"I don't think there is a coach in the world who is better equipped for this job," said MetroStars GM Charlie Stillitano. "Carlos Alberto Parreira is a world champion, as everyone knows, but he is also a true gentleman and ambassador for the sport. His teams have always blended individual skill with team discipline. He is the perfect fit."
Parreira also coached Brazil in 1986 and 1987, and has had success with a variety of club teams. In 1975, he led Fluminense to the Rio de Janeiro Championship, and he was also at the helm when the club won the Brazilian title in 1984. He also coached Bragantino of Sao Paulo.
Since Brazil's triumph at World Cup '94, the 53-year-old Parreira has coached at Sevilla of Spain's Primera Liga (1994-95) and Fenerbahce of Turkey (where he took the club to the league title in 1995-96), before returning to man the helm at FC Sao Paulo this past season.
Parreira will be the MetroStars' third coach. Eddie Firmani resigned eight games into the inaugural MLS season, and Carlos Queiroz led the Metros for the rest of the season before leaving for Nagoya Grampus Eight of the J-League in Japan. He signed a two-year contract and will be introduced at a press conference, Jan. 6.
"It was paramount to the MetroStars that Carlos sign a two-year contract," said Stillitano. "He is making a commitment to the organization, our players, and, most of all, our fans."
"This is a very exciting opportunity for me as a coach," said Parreira. "Of course, I have very fond memories of the United States from the 1994 World Cup and I am looking forward to a new challenge in my career...My family and I are very excited about coming to New York."