Brazil Coach Dunga Fired
Brazil’s national football team will be under a new manager. The Brazilian football confederation announced on Sunday that the team’s whole technical commission, including manager Dunga, has been dismissed.
“The cycle of work started in 2006 and which culminated with the elimination of Brazil in the World Cup in South Africa is finished,” the football commission said in a statement. Dunga, who led Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title as a player, was hired as the team’s manager in 2006. Much was expected from Brazil in this year’s World Cup, but they were eliminated in the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands, 2-1.
Dunga had hoped to stay as coach even after Brazil’s elimination, but the CBF immediately erased whatever chances of him staying with the announcement on Sunday. Although Dunga received most of the flak from media and Brazilian fans alike, the players were not spared of the public outcry that followed the team’s early exit. Reports said fans shoved and shouted at the players when they arrived in Rio, with Felipe Melo getting the brunt of the harsh words. Melo is blamed for giving the Dutch team their first goal in the quarterfinal match when he deflected in a Wesley Sneijder strike before getting himself sent off.