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Sunday 17 December 2017

Dunga to take over Brazil job

Carlos Dunga
Carlos Dunga

CARLOS DUNGA has been selected to rebuild Brazil's national soccer team following its record- breaking loss at the World Cup earlier this month, media reports say.

Dunga, who coached the record five-time World Cup winner at the 2010 World Cup, where it was eliminated in the quarterfinals, will be appointed as Luiz Felipe Scolari's replacement at a press conference tomorrow, media including O Globo and Folha de S. Paulo reported.

Brazil's attempt to win soccer's biggest prize on home soil ended in humiliation July 8, when eventual winner Germany secured a 7-1 victory in Belo Horizonte, shattering a number of records including the one for Brazil's biggest loss in the team's 100-year history.

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Brazil's soccer federation said they wouldn't make a comment until a press conference scheduled for tomorrow at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro.

Scolari, who coached the team to its last title in 2002, and assistant Carlos Alberto Parreira said before and during the World Cup that Brazil would win its sixth title.

The team struggled to the semi-final with victories over Chile and Colombia before being overwhelmed by Germany, which scored five goals in an 18-minute period of the first half, and led 7-0 before conceding a last-minute goal. The defeat was Brazil's first in competitive game on home soil since 1975.

Federation head Jose Maria Marin raised the stakes before the tournament further by saying "we'll all go to hell" if the team fail to win.

Dunga (50) captained Brazil to a World Cup triumph in 1994, before being hired to coach the team in 2006 even though he had no previous management experience.

He left following a 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands in the quarter-final of the 2010 tournament in South Africa amid criticism from former players and media for his team's conservative and physical style.

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