Brazil Name Dunga New National Team Manager
They screamin' Dunga back. Dunga back! Dunga (he has only one name, and yes it's Dunga) has been introduced as the next manager of the Brazilian national soccer team.
It's actually his second stint as head coach of the squad, having been let go after Brazil lost in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals to the Netherlands. As a player, he racked up 91 caps and played in the '94 World Cup as a defensive midfielder for Brazil. He is one of only two players in history to play in a World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and continental championship final (Xavi is the other). Now, at 50 years old, Dunga is back in charge of the Brazilian side.
He takes over a team that fizzled out of the 2014 World Cup with a crushing 7-1 loss to Germany, eventual Champions of the tournament. Head man Luiz Felipe Scolari stepped down as manager following the way Brazil went out. More from Dunga's introduction today as manager, from FOX Sports:
"I am immensely happy to be back," Dunga said on Tuesday. "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."
Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin is confident the re-appointment of Dunga will prove a success.
"He was world champion, captain of a world champion side," said Marin.
"He has what it takes to lead the Brazil team. The numbers show he absolutely has the ability to take charge."
Dunga assumes leadership of a talented, but embarrassed and beaten down team. Can he round them into form for 2018? Or will the 2014 World Cup, played on their own home soil, haunt the Brazilians going forward?
[via FOX Sports]