Brazil appoints Dunga as new coach after World Cup horror show
(CNN) – There is a new man tasked with fulfilling Brazil’s World Cup destiny.
But for a nation still smarting from the pain of that humbling 7-1 semifinal defeat to Germany, the announcement that Dunga is back in charge might raise a few eyebrows.
The 50-year-old is a legend in the country after making 91 appearances for “A Selecao” and leading the side to World Cup glory as captain in 1994.
And yet during his previous four-year spell as coach of the national team, he could only take Brazil to the quarterfinals of the 2010 tournament, as they lost to Netherlands.
Dunga replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari – the country’s 2002 World Cup winning coach, who resigned after overseeing a heartbreaking conclusion to the 2014 installment
After that pummeling by eventual winners Germany – Brazil’s biggest ever World Cup defeat – they were then beaten 3-0 by Netherlands in the third place playoff.
Such a dramatic conclusion left the nation in shock and Scolari, who took responsibility for the horror show against Germany, stepped down last week.
Now Dunga is determined to put a smile back on the fans’ faces.
“I am immensely happy – thank you for your confidence in me,” he said in a press conference, after taking control of the five-time world champions.
“The fans are very down right now but they are right behind the team which means so much to them.
“I am not here to sell a dream, we must get down to work. We must get results and forge a side for 2018. This team is very young. We must find the way to blend new players with those who have more experience.