Two weeks after Brazil suffered a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the World Cup semifinals, and four years after he was fired for the first time, Dunga again was named the country’s soccer coach on Tuesday. He replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after the Selecao’s disastrous flame-out at a World Cup held on its home soil.
Dunga, 50, was Brazil’s captain when it won the 1994 World Cup in the United States and led Brazil to the quarterfinals as coach in South Africa four years ago, losing his job after a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.
“He has shown his capacity to lead the Brazil team, not only in words but also in numbers, that he has all the requisites and the capacity to lead the Brazil team again,” said the federation’s president, Jose Maria Marin. “It was a decision made with the participation of everyone here at this table in a show of unity and total integration aimed at great conquests in the future.”
Dunga was in charge of 60 matches as national team coach in his first stint. Brazil won 42, lost six and tied 12.
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.
Dunga was out of coaching between 2010 and 2013, when he was hired to coach at Internacional, the Brazilian club team with which he started and finished his professional career. He lasted only 53 matches before he was fired as the team tumbled to near the bottom of the standings.