Although Scolari, who won the sport´s biggest prize with his native Brazil in 2002, was hotly tipped to succeed Avram Grant at Stamford Bridge it was believed that no formal announcement would be made until after Portugal´s Euro 2008 campaign was at an end.
Chelsea said in a statement: "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to confirm that Luiz Felipe Scolari will be the club´s new manager from July 1, 2008."
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