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Dunga returns for second stint as Brazil coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 22, 2014 at 2:26 pm •  Published: July 22, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil is bringing back Dunga to coach the national football team, four years after he was fired from the same job.

Tuesday's hiring comes two weeks after Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.

The 50-year-old Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week after Brazil failed to win football's premier event on its home soil.

It could be a difficult road for the former defensive midfielder. Several polls released in the last few days show he is highly unpopular, by margins of at least 3-to-1.

"When it comes to the survey, we have to overcome that," Dunga said. "I think they (fans) will eventually understand the work we are planning, and I don't feel rejected. ... I'm not going to change people's mind set, but I will change the way people think about me."

He also brought up the name of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

"Without firing a gun, he changed how people thought about him," Dunga added.

The Brazilian football confederation confirmed the appointment during a news conference at its headquarters in suburban Rio de Janeiro, but gave no details about salary. CBF President Jose Maria Marin indicated he wanted Dunga to continue until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Dunga gave a blunt evaluation of Brazil's situation.

"We're no longer the best," he said. "We're all aware of this. We can't tell our fans that we're the best."

Dunga came to the job for the first time in 2006 with no management experience. He was criticized for the team's physical style of play and conservative tactics and spent time Tuesday suggesting he might be different this time.

He said his focus was already on the next World Cup. Brazil will also play next year in the Copa America — the South American championship — and in a special Copa America edition in 2016 played in the United States.

"My first time as coach, I was asked to rescue the team's value and get results," he said. "This second time around, the focus is on preparing the side for the 2018 World Cup."

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