The current Portugal boss has been linked with the post for the past couple of weeks in particular, though he has remained adamant he would not make a decision on his future until after Euro 2008.However, as other candidates continued to rule themselves out of the job, it appears the Brazilian coach has made the decision early, and he will take over at Stamford Bridge from July 1."Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be the club's new manager from July 1, 2008," read a statement on the club's official website."Felipe has great qualities. He is one of the world's top coaches with a record of success at country and club level, he gets the best out of a talented squad of players and his ambitions and expectations match ours. He was the outstanding choice."Out of respect for his current role as Head Coach of the Portuguese national team, and to ensure minimum disruption to this work, there will be no further comment from Chelsea FC nor from Felipe about his new role until his employment with us commences."Scolari is best known for winning the World Cup with Brazil in 2002, and he has since taken Portugal to two semi-finals and a final in his time as manager, establishing them as top contenders on the international stage.He has no club management experience in Europe, but has had success with Brazilian club Gremio, where he won the Copa Libertadores.
Sulmaan Ahmad, Goal.com