After Brazil’s disastrous exit from their 2014 World Cup, Dunga was named to replace the embattled Luiz Felipe Scolari as head coach of their football team. The former player will be heading the team for the second time and hopes to repair the badly damaged image the Verde Amarela was left with, after the devastating 7-1 loss to Germany during the semifinals.
The locals suffered their most humiliating loss ever. The fact that they were at home, attempting to erase what they thought was the worst loss they had suffered on home soil, the 1950 Maracanazo, when Uruguay defeated the team in the final, made a bad situation ten times worse.
Those watching the Brazil vs. Germany match live couldn’t help but feel sorry, not only for the players on the field, but the thousands of fans, who saw their hopes crushed in such brutal manner and the dreams of becoming World Cup champions in their own land, squashed by the hated Germans. Not only that, after being eliminated from the finals, Brazil continued to bleed in the third place match against the Netherlands, which they lost 3-0.
Now the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) has named a new head coach, Dunga, to help with the tarnished image left after the historic defeat and player morale. Dunga is no stranger to the Verde Amarela, having been part of the team as a player, with 91 caps, and as a coach, between 2006 and 2010.
From his long resume, Dunga, 50, appears to be the perfect coach to take Brazil out of this dreadful situation they find themselves in. As the winningest World Cup team of all — with five titles — Brazil is always a top contender in any international tournament and they find themselves in uncharted territory.
Dunga was named manager in 2006 and led Brazil to the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup titles, but lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in South Africa in the 2010 World Cup. Dunga lost his job following the disappointing result, which prevented Brazil from adding their sixth title.
In a statement following the official announcement, Dunga said:
“I am immensely happy to be back. Thank you for your confidence in me. The fans are very down right now but they are right behind the team. I am not here to sell a dream, we must get down to work.”
CBF President, Jose Maria Marin stated he is positive Dunga’s appointment as coach of Brazil will be a success:
“”He was world champion, captain of a world champion side. He has what it takes to lead the Brazil team. The numbers show he absolutely has the ability to take charge.”
Do you think that Dunga is the coach that Brazil needs to recover from the 2014 World Cup disaster?
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