Luxemburgo, left, shaking the hand of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, right.
|Full name||Vanderlei Luxemburgo da Silva|
|Date of birth||10 May 1952|
|Place of birth||Nova Iguaçu, Brazil|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of February 2012.
† Appearances (Goals).
Vanderlei Luxemburgo da Silva (born 10 May 1952, in Nova Iguaçu, Rio de Janeiro state), better known as Vanderlei Luxemburgo and often known as Wanderley Luxemburgo, is a Brazilian football manager and former football player. He holds the distinction of being the most successful manager in the history of Brazil's Série A, with five league titles.
Luxemburgo started to be noticed as a top tier coach when he led Bragantino, a modest team from the countryside, to the title of the 1990 Campeonato Paulista (São Paulo State Championship). This gave him enough visibility to be hired by one of the top teams in the country, Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras. In 1993 and 1994 he led Palmeiras to win both the São Paulo State and Brazilian championships. When he left in 1995, Palmeiras' performance was visibly affected and when he came back in 1996 the team won the São Paulo State championship again.
Luxemburgo coached Brazil after the 1998 World Cup until the end of 2000 Olympics. Most notably, he is known for centering his play around Rivaldo. In 1999 the National Team won the South American Nationals Championship 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 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 managed to win 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 claimed 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.
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. 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 continued with Santos in 2007 and won the São Paulo State Championship again. He also saw Santos through the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores 2007, 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.
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.
Return of Flamengo e Grêmio
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 is taking charge of Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense until 31 December 2012. On April 29, 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.
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 loses". On 12 November Fluminense FC sacked Luxemburgo after a long winless streak. At the time Fluminense lied in 18th place in the Brazilian Série A and was under relegation threat.
On July 23, 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).
- 1986–1988: Fluminense
- 5 Brazilian Série A (1993, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2004)
- 1 Brazilian Série B (1989)
- 1 Brazilian Cup (2003)
- 13 Brazilian state championships:
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- "Real Madrid sack coach Luxemburgo". BBC Sport. 4 December 2005. Retrieved 2009-08-20.
- Vanderlei Luxemburgo estuda propostas de três times
- "VANDERLEI LUXEMBURGO É O NOVO TÉCNICO DO GRÊMIO". Grêmio.net. 21 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-21.
- Conmebol divulga punições e tira Luxa do Grêmio por seis jogos
- "Fluminense sack coach Luxemburgo". Goal.com. 12 November 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Ney Franco leaves the Flamengo, and Luxembourg will take over the team". Globoesporte.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.