To make sure that no one gets confused about the last several days regarding the Brazilian national team coaching staff, post the Dutch disaster, here is what happened:
July 2: Brazil loses, Dunga quits two hours after the game.
July 3/4 (Overnight flights): Brazilian team reaches Brazil— some to Rio, some to Sao Paulo. Dunga receives applause when he reaches Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil as he comes into the airport.
He then states that he may have quit too soon and does not discard the possibility of continuing to head of the national team.
July 4- CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation) makes it official. Dunga and every coach on his staff is fired.
CBF state that they want a coach in place by the Aug. 10 friendly they have planned against the United States in New Jersey. The fact is, however, the next four years for the side will not be like the previous four.
Brazil has to play in the Copa America next year, but after that, it will be a while before any other competition, as they do not have to qualify for 2014 since they are the hosts.
The Confederations Cup of 2013 is far away, but prior to the 2014 Cup Brazil has only those two competitions to participate in.
Despite the CBF desire to have a permanent coach in place within the next month, one is not really needed.
Yes, we need a coach, but we don't need one that is only focused on the national team. We can have a coach who is currently coaching in Brazil, but who is also able to take care of the less than full calendar the CBF has for the Selecao.
With that said, there are five names being thrown around a lot in the press lately, and here they are in order from least likely to most likely.
The most unlikely candidate listed, Leonardo's name has been thrown around the Brazilian press as a possible replacement for Dunga.
Leonardo was one of the best players Brazil ever had and was a member of the 1994 World Cup Champions and the 1998 second place squad.
Just like Dunga, Leonardo had never coached prior to his first job at Milan, and just like Dunga, he did not deliver what was hoped.
After a single season in Milan, Leonardo was let go and is currently without a job.
One of the most recognizable names on this list, Vanderlei Luxemburgo is yet another option for Brazil.
Coaching the national team from 1998-2000 after the horrific loss in France, Vanderlei has years of experience coaching top-level talent.
In 2004-2005 he coached Real Madrid and has been the head man at six of the top 10 clubs in Brazil.
He is the only coach to have won five Brazilian National League titles for four separate teams (Corinthians, Santos, Palmeiras, and Cruzeiro).
He has also led the Selecao to the 1999 Copa America title, not to mention 17 other titles from his time as a coach in Brazil.
Perhaps if Dunga had been fired two or three years ago, the most obvious replacement would be Muricy Ramalho.
In 2005 his Internacional side came in second in the Brazilian league, landing him a spot with Sao Paulo giants Sao Paulo FC.
Despite leaving Internacional, they went on to win both the Copa Libertadores and the FIFA World Club Championship in 2006.
From 2006-2008 Muricy became the first and only manager to lead his team to three straight Brasileirao titles, a feat no team or manager had ever done.
Despite those three titles, he was fired after a loss to Cruzeiro in the Copa Libertadores after being eliminated from the continental competition for the fourth year in a row.
After Sao Paulo, he landed at crosstown rivals Palmeiras, where he did not have much success. After a six-month stint he was let go and is currently the head man at Rio club Fluminense.
Everyone already knows "Felipao," and in case you don't, he is the one swinging in the picture.
He led Brazil to the 2002 World Cup title and has since gone from one job to another without much success.
He led Portugal to the final of Euro 2004 and the semifinals of the 2006 World Cup without actually winning either competition.
He landed at Chelsea for seven months before being let go after yet another failure to win.
He seemed to have disappeared when he took the job at FC Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan. Let that sink in for a second: He went from Brazil to Portugal to Chelsea to Uzbekistan. I didn't even know Uzbekistan had a soccer league! Even more surprising is that his team in Uzbekistan included Rivaldo as the star.
Felipao is now back in Brazil, having agreed to coach Sao Paulo side Palmeiras, a team he ran from 1997-2000.
Mano, as he is known in Brazil, reached national notoriety in 2005 after taking over a Gremio squad that was relegated the previous season.
He led Gremio back to the top division that year, and in 2006 he had his side sitting in third place at the end of the season, earning them a spot in the 2007 Copa Libertadores. Gremio managed to reach the finals but was beaten by Boca Juniors.
In 2008 he took over Sao Paulo's largest club, Corinthians, who themselves had been relegated in 2007. Mano led Corinthians back to the top division after winning the Series B title with weeks to spare.
2009 was a great year for both Mano, Corinthians, and its legions of fans. After signing world star Ronaldo, Corinthians went on to win the 2009 Paulista title (undefeated) and the 2009 Copa do Brasil.
In 2010, Corinthians finished the group stage of the Copa Libertadores as the No. 1 overall team but were sadly eliminated by Brazilian foes Flamengo.
Mano is considered the best coach in Brazil at the moment, and when he tried to step down after the loss to Flamengo, he was so loved by the club that the board would not have it and refused to let him quit due to the loss.
I believe Mano will become the next coach of Brazil, as much as I hate to see him leave my club. If for some unknown reason someone else is chosen, you can bet that person will be replaced by Mano Menezes.