Brazil coach Dunga has been sacked by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) following their shock World Cup quarter final defeat to the Netherlands.
Dunga – full name Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri – captained Brazil to victory in 1994 but could not join repeat Franz Beckenbauer’s feat of winning the World Cup as a player and coach.
Critics in Brazil took a dim view of what they perceived to be Dunga’s un-Brazilian style of football, a primarily defensive system that led him to leave skilful players, like Milan’s Ronaldinho, out of his squad.
The CBF also confirmed Dunga’s support staff had been dismissed, saying in a statement: “With the closing of the work cycle that started in August 2006 and ended with the elimination of Brazil from the World Cup in South Africa, the CBF announces the dismissal of the technical commission of the Brazilian team.”
Speculation over who will coach Brazil to the 2014 tournament, which they are hosting, is already rife. Luiz Felipe Scolari, who coached the 2002 winners and has since had spells with Portugal and Chelsea, has already expressed his interest. However he would not be able to take over until 2012 when his current contract, as manager of Brazilian club Palmeiras, comes to an end.
“It would be wonderful to finish my career coaching a national team in the World Cup in Brazil,” said Scolari, 61. “After my [Palmeiras] contract is over we will see if there is any national team interested for the qualifiers and the World Cup.”