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Tuesday July 22, 2014

Carlos “Dunga” Verri to Return as Brazil’s National Soccer Team Coach

Carlos Caetano “Dunga” Bledorn Verri, who played on three Brazilian World Cup squads, was named Tuesday as the national soccer team’s new coach.

The 50-year-old Dunga, who will be on his second coaching tour with the national team, replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, whose squad played poorly in the World Cup.

Dunga, who coached Brazil from 2006 to 2010, was presented to the press by the Brazilian Soccer Federation, or CBF, on Tuesday in Rio de Janeiro.

The new coach was on Brazil’s 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cup squads and was elected a team captain.

Dunga was the captain of the team that won the World Cup in 1994 and had “success” as head coach in his first turn at the helm, CBF president Jose Maria Marin said.

“He was the team’s captain, a player on a championship team, he showed the ability to lead the Brazilian team, as demonstrated by the numbers, not just words, and has all the qualifications and ability to lead the Brazilian team,” Marin said.

The new coach, for his part, said he was not starting from scratch despite the fact that eventual champion Germany blasted Brazil 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals.

Dunga said he was going to change his approach to the job and work on improving his relations with the press, one of the problem areas during his first go-around as national team coach.

“I know I have to improve contact with people, with the reporters ... in my first time on the job, I focused on the work on the field and the results are there,” Dunga said.

The coach said the goal was winning the 2018 World Cup, but the 2015 Copa America was “on the road” and Brazil would face competitive teams like Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia and Ecuador.

Dunga said he would not coach Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian Olympic soccer squad will be led by Alexandre Gallo, who coaches juniors.

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