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Real Madrid: Luxemburgo the last Real Madrid coach who stayed after a trophyless season

Real Madrid are just 90 minutes away from ending the season empty-handed, something which tends to automatically mean a change of coach.

In fact, every year since 2005 that Los Blancos have failed to win a trophy, the head coach has lost his job.

With a trophyless season looking very likely now, the question is whether Zinedine Zidane will become the first Real Madrid head coach since Vanderlei Luxemburgo to not move on at the end of a season without silverware.

Of course, it isn’t often that Real Madrid finish a campaign with nothing to add to their trophy cabinet, with the last time being in 2009/10, when Manuel Pelligrini was dismissed after one season in charge.

Before Pellegrini it was Juan Roman Lopez Caro, who left his post after a trophyless end to the 2005/06 season.

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Here we take a look at some of the rare examples from Los Blancos‘ history of coaches who survived a trophyless season.


The Brazilian had only been in charge since December 2004, which perhaps is why the Real Madrid hierarchy decided to give him more time, but he only made it to the following December before he headed back out the revolving front door.

Radomir Antic

Antic was Real Madrid‘s fourth head coach in the 1990/91 season, and the team had won the Supercopa de Espana before his arrival.

They were also out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League before Antic took over, but he reenergised the group enough to be allowed to carry on into the new campaign, before being sacked in January with his team top of the table in LaLiga.

Alfredo Di Stefano

In the 1982/83 season, Di Stefano‘s Real Madrid were the nearly men, finishing as runners-up in LaLiga, Copa del Rey, Copa de Liga, Supercopa de Espana and the European Cup Winners’ Cup, where they were beaten by Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen.

It was a case of so close yet so far for Los Blancos, who lost four finals and only finished one point behind LaLiga winners Athletic Club.

Di Stefano had earned the chance to have another go the following season, but again he was pipped at the last by Athletic in LaLiga, while not faring as well in the cup competitions, and he left his position at the end of the season.

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Vujadin Boskov

After winning a LaLiga and Copa del Rey double in his first season, Boskov ended 1980/81 without any silverware, but his past successes as well as reaching a European Cup final, where Los Blancos were beaten by Liverpool, allowed him to continue.

In March of the following year, he was relieved of his duties after a 5-0 UEFA Cup defeat at the hands of Kaiserslautern.

Miljan Miljanic

After winning two LaLiga titles and one Copa in his first two seasons in charge, Miljanovic ended 1976/77 without a trophy.

With the dressing room behind the coach, president Santiago Bernabeu gave him a chance the following season but sacked him after he lost the first game of the new campaign to Salamanca.

Miguel Munoz

The legendary manager racked up 14 titles between 1960 and 1974, and until 1970/71 had never ended a season empty-handed.

Munoz had more than earned the chance to remain in his post, however, and the following season Real Madrid won the league, but in 1972-73 he again endured a trophyless season.

Once more, he was trusted to continue but this time he only lasted until January and his legendary era as head coach came to an end after an away loss against Castellon.

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