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Vanderlei Luxemburgo
Wanderlei Luxemburgo, técnico do Sport Recife (35384381641).jpg
Luxemburgo with Sport Recife in 2017
Personal information
Full name Vanderlei Luxemburgo da Silva
Date of birth (1952-05-10) 10 May 1952 (age 70)
Place of birth Nova Iguaçu, Brazil
Position(s) Left wingback
Youth career
1968–1970 Botafogo
1971–1972 Botafogo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 Flamengo 17 (1)
1978 Internacional 27 (0)
1979–1980 Botafogo 7 (0)
Total 51 (1)
Teams managed
1983 Campo Grande
1983 Rio Branco-ES
1984 Friburguense
1984 Al-Ittihad
1985 Democrata-GV
1987 America-RJ
1989–1990 Bragantino
1991 Guarani
1991 Flamengo
1992–1993 Ponte Preta
1993–1995 Palmeiras
1995 Flamengo
1995 Paraná
1995–1996 Palmeiras
1997 Santos
1998 Corinthians
1998–2000 Brazil
2001 Corinthians
2002 Palmeiras
2002–2004 Cruzeiro
2004 Santos
2004–2005 Real Madrid
2006–2007 Santos
2008–2009 Palmeiras
2009 Santos
2010 Atlético Mineiro
2010–2012 Flamengo
2012–2013 Grêmio
2013 Fluminense
2014–2015 Flamengo
2015 Cruzeiro
2016 Tianjin Quanjian
2017 Sport Recife
2019 Vasco da Gama
2020 Palmeiras
2021 Vasco da Gama
2021 Cruzeiro
Men's football
Representing  Brazil (as manager)
Copa América
Winner 1999
FIFA Confederations Cup
Runner-up 1999
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Vanderlei Luxemburgo da Silva (born 10 May 1952) is a Brazilian football manager and former player. He is currently free agent.

A left wingback, Luxemburgo represented Flamengo, Internacional and Botafogo before retiring in 1980. He subsequently became a manager, and led Palmeiras, Corinthians, Cruzeiro and Santos to Série A titles, winning the tournament five times, a record total. In 2005 he worked at Real Madrid, but was dismissed in December of that year.

His surname is after revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro, Luxemburgo played the most of his youth football for Botafogo, but made his senior debut with Flamengo in 1972; at the club, he was mainly a backup to Júnior. He left Fla in 1978 to Internacional, but remained at the club for just one year before returning to his first team Botafogo. He retired in 1980, aged 28, due to a knee injury.

Coaching career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Before being a first team manager, Luxemburgo spent the rest of the 1980 campaign with Antônio Lopes' Olaria, but not being officially under contract with the club. He was also Lopes' assistant at America-RJ (1981) and Vasco da Gama (1981–82).[2]

Luxemburgo's first managerial experience occurred in 1983, with Campo Grande; he only lasted eight matches at the club, being sacked after altercations with the board.[3] In the same year, he also managed Rio Branco-ES, winning the Campeonato Capixaba with the side.[4]

In 1984, after managing Friburguense, Luxemburgo then moved abroad to Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad; initially Joubert's assistant,[5] he was in subsequently charge of the club. He was at the helm of Democrata-GV in the following year, but only lasted three months.[6]

Luxemburgo subsequently rejoined Lopes' staff at Fluminense in 1986, where he acted as manager of the under-20 squad.[7] In the following year, he replaced Pinheiro in charge of America-RJ. Another stint in the Middle East following, being again assistant of Joubert at Al-Shabab.[5]

Luxemburgo returned to Brazil in October 1988, after being invited to manage Bragantino,[5] winning the 1990 Campeonato Paulista. He subsequently worked at Flamengo, Guarani and Ponte Preta before being hired by Palmeiras in 1993; he led the latter club to both the state and league championships in 1993 and 1994.

When Luxemburgo left in 1995 for Flamengo, Palmeiras' performance was visibly affected, and when he came back in 1996 (after a short period at Paraná), the team won the São Paulo State championship again. After a brief stint at Santos, in 1998 he went to Corinthians and won the league that year. He left the club in the following year, to join the Brazilian national team.

Luxemburgo coached Brazil after the 1998 FIFA World Cup until the end of 2000 Olympics. Most notably, he is known for centering his play around Rivaldo. In 1999 the Seleção won the Copa América undefeated. However, he is also remembered for the disastrous performance at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where Brazil lost 1–2 in overtime to gold medal winners Cameroon despite having a two men advantage in that game. He was often blamed[by whom?] at this tournament for leaving out Romário, who had gone on national television, pleading his case to play in the tournament.

In 2001, he went back to Corinthians and won yet another State Championship. In 2003, he led Cruzeiro Esporte Clube to win the Brazilian National League. Even more impressively, the club won two of the three competitions (the Campeonato Mineiro and the Copa do Brasil) without losing a single match. The following year he led Santos to win the Brazilian Championship.

Luxemburgo also stirred up controversy by having a one-way transmission device on a forward of his club team during a match. He said that the Cameroon match inspired him to create a device in order to tell his players where and when to attack. The CBF ruled days later that such electronic devices were illegal, but did not penalize him for using it in that match.[citation needed]

Real Madrid[edit]

Luxemburgo was hired as Real Madrid's coach from Santos in the second half of the 2004/2005 season when Mariano García Remón was dismissed from the job.[8] He led Real Madrid to seven consecutive league wins, putting them back in the title race but ended up losing it four points behind FC Barcelona.

In the following season, Real Madrid started brightly. However, the introduction of a new formation (the Magic Rectangle, a 4–2–2–2 formation), combined with multiple injury issues and poor performances began Luxemburgo's downfall. Calls for him to resign were intensified after a humiliating 0–3 home defeat to long-time rivals, Barcelona.

He was sacked on 5 December 2005,[9] Real Madrid announced Juan Ramón López Caro would be his successor.


Luxemburgo signed, for the third time, a contract with Santos, leading the club to the 2006 São Paulo State Championship and in fourth place of the Série A.

He continued with Santos in 2007 and won the São Paulo State Championship again. He also saw Santos through the semi-finals of the 2007 Copa Libertadores, winning all the matches in the group stage and eliminating strong teams, such as Caracas in the round of 16 and América in the quarter-finals, before losing to Grêmio in the semis. Later Luxemburgo finished second in the Série A. In both years, 2006 and 2007, he led Santos to a Copa Libertadores berth.

Palmeiras return[edit]

At the end of 2007, Luxemburgo left Santos. He signed with Palmeiras in 2008, and won the São Paulo State Championship for the third consecutive time.

With Palmeiras he was eliminated from the Sudamericana by Argentinos Juniors and from the Brazilian Cup by Sport Recife the eventual champions. In the 2008 Série A he reached fourth place with Palmeiras in a very competitive season, earning the club a spot in the Libertadores.

Luxemburgo remained with Palmeiras in 2009. He managed the team to a successful campaign in the São Paulo State Championship but lost to Santos in the semi-finals. In the Copa Libertadores he conquered a place in the Round of 16 by defeating Colo-Colo 1–0 in Santiago, with Cleiton Xavier scoring a last minute long-range goal in the angle of Colo-Colo's goalkeeper. Palmeiras defeated Sport Recife on penalties in the Round of 16, but were eliminated by an away goal from Nacional from Uruguay drawing both matches, by 1–1 at home and 0–0 away.

In the 2009 Série A Luxemburgo started well in the competition, but after an incident involving young striker Keirrison, Luxemburgo was dismissed from Palmeiras in the seventh round of the competition.

Santos return[edit]

Luxemburgo in 2010

He was re-signed as Head Coach of Santos after a one and a half-year absence on 17 July 2009 and on 7 December 2009 the coach quit Santos, finishing 12th in the league, to sign with Atlético Mineiro.[10]

Flamengo (3rd spell) / Grêmio[edit]

On 5 October 2010, Vanderlei Luxemburgo was named as a new head coach of Flamengo, and managed the club until February 2012.

On 21 February 2012, it was announced that Luxemburgo was taking charge of Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense until 31 December 2012.[11] On 29 April 2013, after getting involved in a fight in the game between Grêmio and Huachipato for the Libertadores Cup, Luxemburgo was suspended for six games in this competition.[12]

On 29 June 2013, Luxemburgo was dismissed by directors of Grêmio.[13]


Luxemburgo in 2013

On 30 July 2013, Luxemburgo signed with carioca side Fluminense FC, that dismissed, one day earlier, Abel Braga. Luxemburgo defended his predecessor, calling him "winner", and lamented his resignation, a "culture of brazilian football". The coach, to resume, wants his players "wrathful with losses".[14] On 12 November Fluminense FC sacked Luxemburgo after a long winless streak.[15] At the time Fluminense stood in 18th place in the Brazilian Série A and was under relegation threat.

Flamengo (4th spell)[edit]

On 23 July 2014, Luxemburgo was named as a new head coach of Flamengo with the mission of taking lot of an unprecedented low points record at the start of the Brazilian national league (Brasileiro).[16] Luxa was ultimately successful in leading the club's struggle against relegation, earning important points in the tournament and taking the team to the upper half of the table.[17]

Cruzeiro return[edit]

On 2 June 2015, Vanderlei Luxemburgo was named as a new head coach of Cruzeiro Esporte Clube,[18] but was dismissed after poor results on 31 August.

Tianjin Songjiang[edit]

On 23 September 2015, Vanderlei Luxemburgo was named as a new head coach of Tianjin Songjiang, for the 2016 season.[19] He was sacked the following 5 June, with the club only in the eighth position, and was subsequently replaced by Fabio Cannavaro.

Sport Recife[edit]

On 29 May 2017, Luxemburgo was named as the new head coach Sport Recife, and won the year's Campeonato Pernambucano with the club. On 26 October, after a poor run of form, he was relieved from his duties.[20]

Vasco da Gama[edit]

On 8 May 2019, Luxemburgo was named manager of Vasco da Gama, agreeing to a contract until the end of the year.[21] After helping the side avoid relegation, he departed the club on 13 December.[22]

Palmeiras (5th spell)[edit]

On 15 December 2019, Luxemburgo signed a two-year contract with Palmeiras, returning to the club after 11 years.[23] He won the 2020 Campeonato Paulista with the club, being this the fifth time winning the competition with the club and ninth overall, and surpassed Lula as the most successful manager of the tournament.[24]

On 14 October 2020, after a 1–3 home defeat against Coritiba, Luxemburgo was sacked.[25]

Vasco da Gama return[edit]

On 31 December 2020, it was announced the return of Luxemburgo to Vasco da Gama on a contract running until the end of the 2020 Campeonato Brasileiro Série A season.[26]

Cruzeiro (third spell)[edit]

On 3 August 2021, Luxemburgo returned to Cruzeiro, with the club now in the Série B.[27]






Rio Branco-ES






Atlético Mineiro





See also[edit]

List of Brazil national football team managers


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  2. ^ "Vanderlei Luxemburgo volta 38 anos após iniciar carreira no Vasco" [Vanderlei Luxemburgo returns 38 years after starting career at Vasco] (in Brazilian Portuguese). Vasco Notícias. 8 May 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
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  7. ^ "Luxemburgo comandou Flu contra United e Bayern de Munique em 1986" [Luxemburgo was in charge of Flu against United and Bayern Munich in 1986] (in Brazilian Portuguese). 30 July 2013. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
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  9. ^ "Real Madrid sack coach Luxemburgo". BBC Sport. 4 December 2005. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  10. ^ "Vanderlei Luxemburgo estuda propostas de três times" [Vanderlei Luxemburgo studies proposals from three teams]. R7 Esportes (in Portuguese). Grupo Record. 6 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 December 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
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  12. ^ Conmebol divulga punições e tira Luxa do Grêmio por seis jogos
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  14. ^ "Notícias".
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  18. ^ "After 11 years, Luxemburgo back to the command of the Cruzeiro". Terra (in Portuguese). 2 June 2015.
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  22. ^ "Vanderlei Luxemburgo deixa o Vasco e não será o treinador da equipe em 2020" [Vanderlei Luxemburgo leaves Vasco and will not be the manager of the team in 2020] (in Brazilian Portuguese). 13 December 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
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