Former Brazil coach Menezes joins Cruzeiro

Rio De Janeiro, Sep 2 (IANS) Former Brazil coach Mano Menezes has agreed to coach defending Brazilian Serie A champions Cruzeiro, the club said.

The 53-year-old replaces former Real Madrid boss Vanderlei Luxemburgo, who was sacked by the Belo Horizonte outfit on Monday after a poor run of results, Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

“For me, it’s an honour to work with a great club like Cruzeiro,” Menezes said on Cruzeiro’s official website.

“I am fulfilling a long-held dream. In the next few hours I will begin working with the team to start our recovery.”

Cruzeiro are currently 16th in Brazil’s 20-team Serie A standings with just six wins from 21 matches this season.

Menezes, who coached Brazil from 2010 to 2012, has also had spells in charge of Gremio, Corinthians and Flamengo.

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