Luxemburgo sacked by Flamengo

Flamengo confirmed on Friday that the club has sacked manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo.

The 59-year-old was the subject of numerous reports out of Brazil earlier this week which stated that he was on the way out, although the club didn't actually confirm his departure until Friday.

Luxemburgo's job was believed to be in jeopardy because of his reportedly rocky relationship with star player Ronaldinho, and it now appears as though the club has decided to back the player.

Under the guidance of Luxemburgo, Flamengo finished fourth in the league table last season, 10 points adrift of champions Corinthians.