If Brazil expects to win the World Cup every time, then a World Cup on home soil become a must-not-lose.
Whoever succeeds Dunga as national team coach will be under immense pressure to bring Brazil its sixth world title so the new coach will have to shake up the current aging squad.
This won’t be as difficult as it may sound, given that Brazil has loads of promising young stars ready to wear the famous gold shirt.
Many Brazilians were disappointed that the 18-year-old Santos striker Neymar was not included in Dunga’s 2010 roster after the striker hit 14 goals in his debut season.
Expect him and his teammate, 20-year-old attacking midfielder Ganso, who is seen as a replacement for Kaka, in the roster sometime soon.
Brazil finished runners-up at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup, losing on penalties to Ghana.
Exciting winger Alex Teixeira finished second in the Golden Ball award, while 20-year-old striker Walter was the team’s top scorer with five goals and has recently signed for FC Porto.
Another promising striker is Maicon, who came on a substitute in the quarterfinals against Germany and scored twice to turn around a 1-0 deficit.
19-year-old attacking midfielder Douglas Costa has already scored five goals in 13 appearances for his Ukrainian club side Shaktar Donetsk and has been called the new Ronaldinho.
Add this kind of talent to the likes of current young stars, Ramires and Real Madrid defender Marcelo, and you may just have a team capable of fulfilling the host nation’s expectations.