Brazil’s search for a new manager has ended with the reappointment of former captain and head coach Dunga.
Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned from the position after Brazil’s disastrous ending in the World Cup, which capped off a series of timid performance by the pre-tournament favorites.
Dunga comes in for his second spell as Brazil manager, losing just 6 of his 60 matches in his previous stint. He resigned after Brazil’s quarter final exit to the Netherlands in the 2010 South Africa World Cup. Dunga won the World Cup as a player in 1994 and made 91 appearances for the national side, during his playing career across Brazil, Italy and Germany.
Dunga, 50, took on his first managerial position in 2006 with the Brazilian national team and also coached the Brazil U-23 side for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He won the 2007 Copa America, a bronze in Beijing and the Confederations Cup in 2009 before his departure in 2010.
However, his only experience of management was at Brazilian club Internacional. Though starting and finishing his career at the club, his tenure as manager was short lived, lasting less than a year before being fired due to a shocking turn of form for the Brazilian club.
Reports suggest he became the favorite for the job after his team mate and colleague Gilmar Rinaldi was named as the new technical director of Brazilian football, as part of the wholesale changes to the Brazilian national set up.
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