Carlos Dunga is officially returning to coach the Brazilian national team after a previous four-year stint leading up to the 2010 World Cup. He replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who watched over a meltdown during the final rounds of this year's marquee international tournament.
Sun Sport Now reports the deal is now done after being rumored in recent days:
Dunga has been named as the new coach of Brazil, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari. #football— SunSport Now (@SunSportNow) July 22, 2014
Dunga took the position in 2006 despite having no prior managerial experience. The longtime midfielder had enjoyed success at both the club and the international levels, giving Brazil enough confidence in him to lead the national team.
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The results were good for most of his tenure. He led the side to championships in the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup along with ensuring the squad qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Alas, the only result good enough for a storied national team like Brazil's is a title on the sport's biggest stage. Dunga couldn't deliver that as the Netherlands eliminated the Selecao in the quarterfinals, marking the end of his first stint as manager.
Now he returns, following a disappointing finish by the Scolari-led group on home soil. They made it to the semifinals before being shockingly routed 7-1 by eventual champions Germany and then losing the third-place match to the Netherlands, 3-0.
The 10-1 cumulative defeats prompted the exit of Scolari, who previously led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002, and now the return of Dunga.
Soccer journalist Joe Crann provides his take on the hire:
Don't get Dunga's re-appointment at Brazil, seems a bit backwards... Though Scolari's poor selection was the problem, not the talent pool.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) July 22, 2014
I'd understand if they brought in a hard coach like Dunga if player attitude was the problem, but it's not. It's purely down to selection.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) July 22, 2014
OptaJean points out some numbers featuring the two managers:
60% - Luiz Felipe Scolari has won 71.4% of his World Cup games as Brazil manager, Carlos Dunga only 60%. Come-back.— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 21, 2014
Fernando Duarte of ESPN passed along comments from Dunga, who made it clear the team has work to do in order to reach the mountaintop again:
Dunga: "We are not the best anymore. We were once."— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte) July 22, 2014
"We cannot win just by wearing the Brazil shirt anymore".— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte) July 22, 2014
It's a risky hire by Brazil. Dunga only had one managerial job between his two stays with the Selecao, and it featured limited success at Internacional. It's far from a guarantee that he'll be able to get the national team back on track.
That said, he was with the side during some of its peak years and understands what it takes to win at the highest levels. Creating the same sense of determination and belief within the current group will be one of his biggest tasks.
The Brazilian Football Confederation clearly believes he's the right man for the job. Supporters won't have much patience after the World Cup disappointment, so quick progress is essential.