Vanderlei Luxemburgo is no longer a coach at Palmeiras. He was fired by the club on Wednesday, shortly after the 3-1 loss to Coritiba, at Allianz Parque, for the Brazilian Championship.
Palmeiras even released the coach’s press conference after the game, with questions previously sent by reporters. Luxembourg said he could do more to get the team out of a bad time (three defeats in a row).
In addition to Luxa, Palmeiras also have technical assistant Maurício Copertino and physical trainer Antonio Mello.
The pressure to leave the coach was already huge in the last few days, especially after the defeat to São Paulo, also at home, on Saturday. The board chose to support Luxa. But the new negative result, against Coxa, enshrined the exit.
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Hired at the end of 2019, Luxembourg returned to Palmeiras with the mission of making the team play in a more offensive manner and commanding a reformulation in the squad, using many more boys from the base and giving up other “medallions”.
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Vanderlei Luxemburgo during the Palmeiras game against Coritiba – Photo: Marcos Ribolli
He won the Florida Tournament at the beginning of the year and the Paulista Championship in August. However, he lived with the fans’ criticism that the team did not present a good football, even with the sequence of 20 unbeaten games.
Without the results in the field, the pressure became stronger and, after three consecutive defeats, against Botafogo, São Paulo and Coritiba, the coach did not resist and was fired.
Luxa ends her fifth spell at Palmeiras with 36 official matches. There were 17 wins, 14 draws and five losses.