Vicente Feola

Vicente Feola

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Vicente Ítalo Feola, usually known as Vicente Feola (born on November 20, 1909 in São Paulo, died on November 26, 1975 in São Paulo), was an Italian Brazilian soccer coach who lived in São Paulo. He became famous for leading the national soccer team to its first FIFA World Cup title in 1958.


As São Paulo FC coach, Feola won the 1948 and 1949 Campeonato Paulista. As Seleção boss in 1958, Feola introduced a 16-year-old Pele to the footballing world, winning the FIFA World Cup in Sweden, the first and to date only time a non-European side has won a World Cup on European soil. The team trained in Hindås in Sweden during the tournament (pictured). Feola was appointed manager of Argentine club Boca Juniors briefly in 1961. He returned as coach of the Brazilian national team in the 1966 FIFA World Cup. Under his command, Brazil played 74 times, having won 55 games, tied 13 and lost 6 times. He died in 1975 aged 65.



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  • Enciclopédia do Futebol Brasileiro, Volume 2 - Lance, Rio de Janeiro: Aretê Editorial S/A, 2001.

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