Former World Cup Star Dunga Named Brazil Head Coach For Second Time

dunga The Brazilian national team did not look far for its new head coach.

Brazil announced Tuesday that Dunga, who captained the country’s 1994 FIFA World Cup championship team, will take the reins of the squad following the resignation of former manager Luiz Felipe Scolari last week.

This will be Dunga’s second stint behind the bench of the national team. The 50-year-old led Brazil to victory in the 2007 Copa America, 2008 Olympics and 2009 Confederations Cup but was fired after failing to advance past the quarterfinals at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

“I am immensely happy to be back,” Dunga said after the announcement, via “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.”

Dunga appeared in 91 games as a player for Brazil from 1987 to 1998, totaling six goals. His first task as new head coach will be righting the ship after a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany — considered one of the worst defeats in the nation’s history — crushed Brazil’s hopes of hoisting the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

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