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May Be Brazil Can Play Like Samba Boys Again: Dunga Sacked After Copa America Exit

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Dunga was sacked as coach of Brazil on Tuesday after the team’s early elimination from the centenary edition of the Copa America.

The 52-year-old and national team coordinator Gilmar Rinaldi were told of their fate during a meeting with Brazilian football confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday afternoon.

The favorite to replace Dunga is 55-year-old Corinthians coach Tite, who guided the Sao Paulo club to last year’s Brazilian Serie A title.

“The CBF communicates that it has decided to dismiss the technical committee of the Brazilian national team,” the CBF said in a brief statement on its official website.

“Those that will leave their positions are Gilmar Rinaldi, Dunga and his backroom staff. The decision was made by mutual consent … Now the CBF begins the process of looking for a new coach. The CBF thanks (Dunga and his staff) for their dedication and commitment to the job.”

The announcement came two days after Brazil’s 1-0 loss to Peru in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

The result – tainted by controversy after television replays showed Raul Ruidiaz used his right hand to score Peru’s second-half winner – meant Brazil failed to progress beyond the group stage of a Copa America for the first time since 1987.


Dunga, Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning captain, was told results needed to improve quickly in a meeting with the CBF’s top officials in April.

The Selecao are currently sixth in the South American zone qualifying standings for the 2018 World Cup.

Only the top four sides are guaranteed a berth for the tournament in Russia while the fifth-ranked team will earn a playoff spot.

Having taken charge of Brazil for a second time after the team’ s 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany in 2014, Dunga led the Selecao to 12 wins, five draws and three defeats.

During his first spell in charge – from 2006 to 2010 – his record was 37 wins, 11 draws and six defeats.

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