Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (4E Sports) – Dunga has been picked as the new coach of the Brazilian national team, days after its disappointing fourth-place finish at the World Cup.
“I am immensely happy to be back,” said the 50-year-old Dunga, whose four-year coaching stint with Brazil ended after the team was eliminated at the quarterfinal stage of the 2010 World Cup.
Dunga fills the vacancy left by Luiz Felipe Scolari, who had led the nation to World Cup glory in 2002 but was unable to repeat that feat at this summer’s tournament on home soil and resigned last week.
Dunga will guide Selecao to recovery after their humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in their World Cup semifinal.
“We are no longer the best,” he said. “This is a project we all need to be aware of. Everybody had a concept of football and the World Cup. We can no longer pretend to be the big guys or that we are the best.”
“Before the World Cup happens we sell to the public the idea we’re going to win, but we don’t know if we’ll win. We need to be more modest. It’s important to compromise because our opponents always want to beat us because we’re Brazil,” he added.
In his first stint as coach, Dunga recorded 42 wins, 12 draws and six defeats.
“This is not my first time with the team,” he said. “I was asked to rescue the value of the Selecao and get results.”
Dunga, who captained Brazil when they won the World Cup in 1994, was selected as coach in 2006 and led the country to the 2007 Copa America and 2009 Confederations Cup in his four years at the helm.