Brazil turns to Dunga to lift World Cup blues again
RIO DE JANEIRO: Desperate times call for desperate measures, even if that means returning to a coach and system that was abandoned four years ago only to recall it in a bid to hide from the humiliation gained by the system it had been replaced by.
The Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday re-appointed Dunga as coach, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose contract was not renewed after the hosts’ World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany, and national shame.
The 50-year-old Dunga, Brazil’s 1994 World-Cup winning skipper, takes the reins for a second time having led the Selecao at the 2010 tournament.
“I am immensely happy – thank you for your confidence in me,” said Dunga, who in his playing days was a tough-tackling midfielder with Serie A side Fiorentina and Germany’s Stuttgart, and who also had a spell in Japan with Jubilo Iwata.
“The fans are very down right now but they are right behind the team,” Dunga continued.
“I am not here to sell a dream, we must get down to work.”
His no nonsense style was decried by some but his 91 caps showed the esteem in which he was held and that respect has endured, CBF president Jose Maria Marin said.
“He was world champion, captain of a world champion side,” Marin said.
“He has what it takes to lead the Brazil team. The numbers show he absolutely has the ability to take charge.”
Dunga was fired after a quarter-final loss to Holland in South Africa four years ago but previously landed both the Copa America title and the Confederations Cup having replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira as coach in 2006 despite having no dugout experience.
Brazil suffered one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history at home this month after they lost their semi-final 7-1 to eventual champions Germany.