Factbox on Vanderlei Luxemburgo
who was sacked as Real Madrid coach on Sunday.
1952 - Born in Nova Iguacu, near Rio de Janeiro, on May 10.
1986 - After an unremarkable playing career as a fullback, mainly spent at
Flamengo and Internacional, Luxemburgo begins coaching career as an assistant at
minor Rio de Janeiro club Olaria.
1989 - Leads Bragantino, a minor provincial side from just outside Sao Paulo,
into the first division of the Paulista (Sao Paulo state) championship for the
first time in their history.
1990 - Wins the Paulista championship with Bragantino.
1991 - Joins Rio de Janeiro club Flamengo.
1993 - After a spell with second division Ponte Preta joins fading giants
Palmeiras, a Sao Paulo team who have not won a title in 17 years.
Ends Palmeiras' title drought by winning the Paulista championship in June.
Leads them to victory in the Brazilian championship in the second half of the
1994 - Repeats the feat, winning the Paulista and Brazilian championships.
Resigns and moves back to Flamengo.
1995 - After an unsuccessful six months, he resigns at Flamengo when attempts to
discipline wayward star Romario for missing training are over-ruled by club
directors. Spends four months with Parana, a middle-ranking club in southern
Brazil, before returning to Palmeiras.
1996 - Leads Palmeiras to another Paulista title in a spectacular campaign in
which they score 102 goals. At the end of the year, he moves to Santos, Pele's
1997 - Spends the entire year at Santos, failing to capture any major titles,
then is tempted to Corinthians.
1998 - Wins Brazilian championship with Corinthians. Is named Brazil coach in
August, following the World Cup.
1999 - Brazil win the Copa America.
2000 - Brazil lose World Cup qualifiers to Paraguay and Chile. Luxemburgo, who
is also in charge of the Olympic team, is fired after they are beaten in the
quarter-finals of the Sydney Olympics by nine-man Cameroon.
He then becomes one of the central figures as Congress launches an investigation
into the finances of Brazilian football and is grilled in public over his tax
2001 - After the Congressional storm dies down, Luxemburgo returns to
Corinthians in February. In October, he officially becomes three years older
after a court agrees to change a fake birth certificate he admitted using
throughout his career.
The spelling of his first name - previously Wanderley - is also changed. After
an unproductive year, he is fired by Corinthians in December.
2002 - Takes over at Palmeiras. But walks out in August after receiving an offer
2003 - Wins the Brazilian championship with Cruzeiro.
2004 - Fired by Cruzeiro in February after falling out with the directors. Takes
over at Santos for a second stint in May with the team 17th in the table. Wins
the Brazilian championship in December.
December 30, Appointed coach of Real Madrid.
2005, Jan 5 - Gets off to a dream start as Real Madrid coach when his side
claimed victory in a frantic seven-minute mini match against Real Sociedad held
over because of a bomb scare at the Bernabeu. Real go on to win seven league
matches in a row.
Jan 19 - Honeymoon period comes to an abrupt end when Real suffer a shock exit
from the King's Cup at the hands of second division Valladolid.
March - Real knocked out of the last 16 of the Champions League after a 2-1
aggregate defeat by Juventus.
April - Luxemburgo falls out with Luis Figo after dropping the winger for the
match against Barcelona.
May - Real finish second in the table, four points behind Barca, the team having
lost just three of 21 league matches since Luxemburgo took charge.
August - Real spend almost 90 million euros ($105.3 million) on new players,
including Brazilian strikers Robinho and Julio Baptista, Spanish international
defender Sergio Ramos and Uruguayan duo Pablo Garcia and Carlos Diogo.
Sept - Luxemburgo feels the heat after his side slump to three consecutive
defeats to Olympique Lyon, Celta Vigo and Espanyol.
Oct - Real slip to successive losses against Valencia and Deportivo Coruna.
Nov 19 - Real are dealt a humiliating 3-0 defeat by arch-rivals Barcelona at the
Bernabeu. Large sections of the Real Madrid crowd end up applauding opposition
forward Ronaldinho after the Catalans' third goal.
Nov 21 - Real Madrid vice-president Emilio Butragueno says that Luxemburgo has
the full support of the club and will not be sacked.
Dec 3 - Real edge a lacklustre 1-0 win over modest neighbours Getafe during
which midfielder David Beckham is sent off.
Dec 4 - Sacked as Real Madrid coach.