Rio de Janeiro: Brazil named Dunga as their manager on Tuesday for the second time, two weeks after they were hammered 7-1 by Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, a result which led to the resignation of former coach Luiz Felipe Scolari.
The 50-year-old Dunga, who captained Brazil to their fourth world title in 1994, was in charge of the national team in 2010 when he was sacked for failing to take the Selecao further than the World Cup quarter finals in South Africa. “I am immensely happy to be back,” Dunga told reporters. “I have an outline of what I want. Fans know me and they know I am not going to sell a dream, but reality. And the reality is we have to work hard.”
Dunga acknowledged Brazil have fallen behind the leading European teams in recent years and said he has spent his time outside football watching games and talking to managers and former players such as Arsene Wenger, Ruud Gullit and Arrigo Sacchi. He warned fans not to expect cavalier football and said the best form of attack is defence.
“Managers today organise the defence in order to be able to attack,” he said. “The important thing is not to have four or five players up frontů It is to get forward with four or five players. Football today is total. Everyone needs to participate.”
His no-nonsense style was decried by some, but the number of his international caps showed the esteem in which he was held and the respect he commands, 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 very much has the ability to take charge.”
Dunga played for a host of clubs in Brazil, Italy, Germany and Japan and was known for his combative midfield style. He was first appointed Brazil manager in 2006, but though he won both the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup, his team crumbled when they struggled against the Netherlands at the 2010 World Cup and lost 1-2, which cost him his job.
His only managerial position in the years since was a 10-month spell in charge of Internacional, the club where he started and ended his playing career. His appointment as the new Brazil boss had been doing the rounds and comes just 10 days after Germany won the World Cup.
Brazil hosted the tournament and were favourites to lift the trophy for a record sixth time. But the way they were outfoxed by faster, more agile and tactically astute teams brought calls for a revolution in Brazilian football.
Some critics called for a foreign manager to be appointed and others wanted a complete overhaul of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). The CBF, however, did not wait to dissect the defeats and two days after the Cup ended, they appointed former goalkeeper and player agent Gilmar Rinaldi as technical co-ordinator in charge of all Brazil’s senior, youth and women’s teams.