Gremio hires former Brazil coach Luxemburgo

Two-time Brazilian champion Gremio has hired former Brazil coach

Vanderlei Luxemburgo on a contract until the end of the year.

Luxemburgo is replacing Caio Junior, who was fired on Monday

after only a few months on the job with the traditional club from

southeastern Brazil.

A former Real Madrid coach, Luxemburgo was fired by Flamengo on

Feb. 2 after a series of internal disputes with some players and

directors at Brazil’s most popular club.

Luxemburgo is one of Brazil’s most successful coaches with five

domestic league titles, although he hasn’t won many significant

titles in the past few years.

Gremio said Tuesday that the coach will be officially introduced

on Thursday.