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Dunga proving his worth as Brazil coach

Dunga proving his worth as Brazil coach

For someone who had never coached before, Dunga is doing just fine with Brazil.
Better than fine, actually, considering Brazil heads to South Africa as one of the favorites to win the World Cup despite a squad revamped following the last edition in Germany.
Dunga took over the five-time world champions without any coaching experience, but quickly proved his worth, leading Brazil to significant results and overcoming pressure and discredit from fans and local media.
The former national team captain gave Brazil a new attitude, and the team has impressed for its productive football and not only for the skills of its players. Brazil now has a balanced team, with both talent and strength.
Dunga's new style will undergo its biggest test in South Africa, and the coach knows anything but the World Cup title will likely be considered a failure no matter how well Brazil plays.
"We are anxious for it to start soon," Dunga said. "We will do whatever is needed to reach our goal. We are confident that everything has been very well planned."
Dunga was a defensive midfielder known for his toughness on and off the field, and he has maintained the same tenacity as a coach. Even the most renowned Brazilian players are having to play hard under the coach's new style, and past triumphs alone are not enough to secure stars a spot in the squad.
Even Ronaldinho, touted by many as the player of the decade, and Ronaldo, the all-time World Cup final tournament leading scorer with 15 goals, are likely to be left off the Brazilian squad in South Africa.
"It's always the same thing before every World Cup," Dunga said. "Everybody wants to talk about those players who are not on the team. For some reason they are always better than those who are on the team. People will always complain. But I'm going to summon those I think will help Brazil the most, regardless of their names."
Dunga has yet to choose his squad for the World Cup and says all players still have chances to make the squad, but Ronaldinho and Ronaldo were some of the stars from the last tournament who were left off the coach's list for Brazil's last scheduled friendly before the 2010 tournament, against Ireland in March.
Dunga has preferred to summon lesser-known players who have been with the team ever since he replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira after the last World Cup.
"There is always going to be pressure on the coach of the Brazilian national team," Brazil great Pele said. "But no one can deny what Dunga has done so far. He has done a wonderful job and the results are there to show."
After Dunga's revamping of the national team, Brazil won the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 Confederations Cup, and beat Argentina, Italy, England and Portugal in friendlies. The country also won the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and finished first in South American World Cup qualifying.
With Brazil playing with a perfect mix of talent and commitment, Dunga earned the respect of many who had heavily criticized him when he first took over the team after losing to France in the quarterfinals of the 2006 tournament.
In addition to being inexperienced _ Dunga had never coached any club or other national team _ fans and local media were wary that he would install an overly defensive scheme to the national team.
Dunga's name had been always associated with the lackluster Brazilian team that fell to Argentina in the round of 16 of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. And even after Dunga captained Brazil to the 1994 World Cup title in the United States, many complained that that team was defensive and too boring.
But the 46-year-old Dunga also personified hard work, and that was one of the main reasons the Brazilian football confederation decided to hire him instead of other already established coaches.
The confederation wanted Brazil to start over after the 2006 World Cup, leaving behind some of the mistakes that they said led to the team's disappointment in Germany. The players had been heavily criticized for their lack of effort and enthusiasm, and the confederation decided that a complete overhaul was needed.
Dunga seemed the perfect choice, and his record has been indisputable so far, with 41 wins, 11 draws and only six losses in 58 matches.
The former Fiorentina and Stuttgart player had been just as impressive on the field with Brazil, winning the 1989 and 1997 Copa Americas, as well as the 1997 Confederations Cup. He played in three World Cups, but admits this one in South Africa will be special, and that he will do whatever is needed to win it.
"When I have a goal in life, it doesn't matter what's in front of me, I will go after it," Dunga said. "And right now the most important thing for me is the Brazilian national team and our goal to win the World Cup."


Updated : 2021-08-06 03:13 GMT+08:00