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Report: Dunga to be named Brazil’s new manager

Jul 21, 2014, 1:14 PM EDT

Carlos Dunga

On Tuesday Brazil will announce the new manager of their national team.

According to reports, we have a pretty good idea who it may be. Remember Carlos Dunga? Yeah, how could you forgot that warrior in the engine room from the great Brazilian sides of the 1990’s.

Dunga, 50, is expected to be appointed manager of the Selecao for the second-time in his career, after the former World Cup winning skipper led Brazil to glory in 1994. He previously managed the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, while also leading his nation to glory in the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup.

The former holding midfielder was fired first time around following Brazil’s exit at the quarterfinal stage of that tournament four years ago, but now it seems as though the Brazilian football confederations will turn to yet another former boss to renew the hopes and dreams of a nation.

No official confirmation has arrived from the CBF, but Dunga is expected to replace Luis Felipe Scolari after he resigned following Brazil’s 2014 World Cup campaign which saw them finish fourth but humiliated at the semifinal stage following a 7-1 thumping by Germany.

Dunga was fairly successful in his first spell in charge of Brazil, winning 42, drawing 12 and losing six of his 60 games in charge from 2006-10. Brazil were knocked out by the Netherlands 2-1 in the last eight, as a Dutch side in their prime came back after Robinho gave Dunga’s men the lead. Back in 2010 he had the likes of Kaka, Luis Fabiano and Gilberto Silva leading his squad plus plenty of today’s current national team players such as Thiago Silva, Dani Alves, Julio Cesar and Ramires were also in the fold.

Since then Dunga has coached Brazilian side Internacional for over a year but has been out of a job since he was fired in October 2013.

If Dunga is given the job for the second time in his managerial career, can he turn the Selecao around and turn them into a global force once again?

  1. mikeevergreen - Jul 21, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    He shouldn’t have been fired in 2010 to begin with. Brazil needs to fall out of love with Jongo Bonito and learn how to defend again. Hopefully, that beatdown by the Germans should spur young Brazilians to want to learn how to defend the goal. No way should Julio Cesar’s final two World Cup games have ended as they did.

    • Ian's Rushtache - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      I agree that Dungannon should not have been fired.

      I disagree on your premise of discarding Jogo Bonito though. IMO, Brazil is already far away from it already. They have become obsessed with the physical aspect of the game over the past decade. This year’s team really never exhibited the free flowing attack that Brazil has been known for. Other teams showed that free flowing soccer in this past tournament, but rarely was Brazil able to. Think back and the most memorable moments for them were the hack -a-James and Fred flopping.

      They need the Samba back in their game.

  2. Ian's Rushtache - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Stupid phone. Dunga, not whatever it decided I meant to say.

  3. skekzok0 - Jul 21, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Hiring an old coach, sounds like they are going in circles

    • braxtonrob - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:31 AM

      “going in circles” for awhile may be just what they need to do, given those lopsided historical losses.

  4. medic0nduty - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    If they do hire him, it’s a step backwards for Brazil. The attacking style still works, the problem is that Brazil haven’t played that way or have had the players to play that way for a few years now. If he turns Brazil into a defend and counter-attack team like he did the first time he was in charge it won’t change anything; Brazil have never been successful that way and won’t be successful that way.

  5. dkalev - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    A part of me feels that if Brazil had a true person to dictate the tempo of a game (such as kaka, or half the German team) they may have had a chance… Otherwise, it’s like a bunch if kids doing tricks and passing around in the school yard…

  6. drewvt6 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    There’s certain players that as an American fan I really dislike. I hate seeing Rafa Marquez’ mug anywhere. I hate Torsten Frings and when I look at Dunga I’d like to elbow him in the temple.

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