Fluminense bring back coach Renato

RIO DE JANEIRO - Fluminense on Monday reappointed coach Renato Portaluppi who led them to last year's Libertadores Cup final but was sacked weeks later when they went bottom of the Brazilian championship.

"A year after taking Fluminense to the final of the Copa Libertadores de America, Renato Gaucho is back in charge of the tricolor team," the club said on their website using his nickname.

Former Fluminense, Flamengo, AS Roma and Brazil forward Renato is replacing ex-Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira, who was sacked a week ago after five successive defeats left the team in the relegation zone.

Renato steered "Flu" to a Copa Brasil victory in 2007 and a good run in the 2008 Libertadores, eliminating favourites Sao Paulo and then holders Boca Juniors on the way to the final where they were upset on penalties by LDU Quito of Ecuador.

The 46-year-old will begin his third spell as the team's coach with a visit to championship leaders Atletico Mineiro on Thursday. Fluminense, beaten 4-1 at home by Goias on Saturday, are 19th with 10 points from 12 matches.