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Dunga tipped to be Brazil coach

Rio de Janeiro: Former World Cup winning captain Dunga is the favourite on a short list of candidates to coach Brazil’s national soccer team, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Friday.

Carlos Bledorn Verri, who is better known as Dunga, previously coached Brazil from 2006 to 2010. He guided Brazil to victories in the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup.

He was fired by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) after losing to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup.

One source, who declined to be identified since the process is underway, said Dunga has a good relationship with Gilmar Rinaldi, who was named on Thursday as general manager for Brazil’s national teams. Both players were part of the 1994 World Cup winning team.

The CBF and Dunga, 50, began talks early this week, a second source said. “He is the front runner in the list and things are moving forward satisfactorily,” he said.

“There were important meetings that took place in Sao Paulo, and Gilmar is fine-tuning details already.”

A new coach to replace Luiz Felipe Scolari is expected to be named next Tuesday.