Oliveira quits as coach of Brazil's Cruzeiro

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Oswaldo de Oliveira quit as coach of Cruzeiro just hours after his team beat Botafogo 3-1 in the final game of the season.

Rio De Janeiro:

Oswaldo de Oliveira quit as coach of Cruzeiro just hours after his team beat Botafogo 3-1 in the final game of the season. Sunday's victory left the 2003 Brazilian champions in 10th place in the 20-team first division, 27 points behind champion Sao Paulo. Oliveira said "it's not in Cruzeiro's interest to renew my contract'' on the club's Web site on Monday. He started at Cruzeiro in August and led the team to eight wins, six draws and 10 defeats. The club qualified for next year's Copa Sudamericana, but failed to make the more prestigious Copa Libertadores. One of Brazil's most successful coaches, Oliveira had led Corinthians to the 1999 national title and the FIFA Club World Championship in 2000. He had previously coached Vasco, Fluminense and Sao Paulo. "I'm not sore, on the contrary. I think it's unfair - but it's part of soccer,'' Oliveira said. Those touted as possible replacements include Paulo Autuori, Adilson Batista and Vasco coach Renato Gaucho. (AP)

Topics : Football Brazil
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