He began his career in football as a defender for Guarani de Venâncio Aires in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He gave up playing to become a fitness coach, beginning in 1986 in SESI, Rio Grande do Sul, before going on to Guarani de Venâncio Aires, Juventude and Internacional (as well as a spell in 1997 with Paulo Autuori at Cruzeiro).
He was the coach of Grêmio from 2005 through 2007, a remarkably long time for a coach in Brazilian football. He led them to promotion in 2005 and followed that up with a third place finish in the 2006 Brasileiro. In 2007, he led Grêmio to the final of the Copa Libertadores.
At the end of the 2007 season, he took over as coach of Corinthians and started the 2008 season with a 3-0 win over Guarani. Menezes led Corinthians to the 2008 Campeonato Brasileiro Série B title with 25 wins, 10 draws and 3 losses, finishing with 85 points.
Menezes was hired to manage the Corinthians at the end of 2007, and to raise them back up from relegation. In 2008, Corinthians played the Copa do Brasil, losing to Sport Club do Recife. That year they also took the title of Campeonato Brasileiro Série B 2008. In May 2009 Menezes led the Corinthians to become unbeaten champions of the Campeonato Paulista. On July 1, 2009, Corinthians won the Copa do Brasil against Internacional. With the win, Corinthians gained entry to the Copa Libertadores 2010.
On July 24, 2010, the CBF announced that Mano would replace Dunga as the Brazil manager. He was not the CBF’s first choice, but Fluminense had refused to release Muricy Ramalho on the day before.
Mano’s apointment was generally well received, although some pointed out that his favoured playing style resembled Dunga’s defensive style quite a lot.
* Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 2005
* Campeonato Gaúcho: 2006, 2007
* Campeonato Brasileiro Série B: 2008
* Campeonato Paulista: 2009
* Copa do Brasil: 2009
Other Important Results
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* Copa do Brasil: 3rd Place (2004)
* Copa Libertadores da América: Runner-up (2007)
* Campeonato Brasileiro Série A: 3rd Place (2006)
* Copa do Brasil: Runner-up (2008)