Rio de Janeiro: Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga has vowed to instil “organisation and planning” in the country’s national team after being appointed Selecao coach for a second time.
The 50-year-old Tuesday replaced Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week following Brazil’s failure to reach the World Cup final as hosts and pre-tournament favourites, reports Xinhua.
Dunga’s appointment comes four years after he was sacked from the same position following Brazil’s quarterfinal loss to the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup.
“We have the talent and the quality, but at the same time we have to look at the organisation and planning of teams like Germany,” Dunga said during a press conference here.
“We have to look for that in our own team while allowing for the characteristics of Brazilian football to be evident,” he said.
Tuesday’s announcement coincides with an overhaul of Brazil’s football hierarchy amid the fallout from the Selecao’s 7-1 World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany and 3-0 loss to the Netherlands in the match for third place.
Dunga guided the national team to 42 victories from 60 matches between 2006 and 2010, winning the 2007 Copa America and 2009 Confederations Cup.
His only coaching position since 2010 was a 10-month stint in charge of Brazilian Serie A club Internacional last year.
His Selecao return was said to have come at the behest of his friend and former national teammate Gilmar Rinaldi, who was last week appointed Brazil’s new technical director.
Despite a 70% winning record during his first spell in charge, Dunga had a strained relationship with local media, who criticised his dour demeanour and decision to prioritise defensive solidity ahead of stereotypical Brazilian flair.
Dunga insisted he would “not change his essence”, although he admitted to learning from past mistakes.
“I am a human being and I know that I have to improve my communication with people, with you journalists. I have reflected on that over the past few years. Whatever is good for the Selecao, we are open to talking about,” he said.
He added that he had used his time away from the game to undertake coaching courses and expand his football knowledge abroad.
Gilmar, also a member of Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning squad in the United States, alluded to the Selecao’s perceived lack of discipline and organisation under Scolari when explaining Dunga’s return.
“The idea is to bring back some things that are important in football,” Gilmar said.
“We have a lot of work to do to establish a new relationship with sponsors and the media, to look for a fair balance at an important time like this. In the near future you will understand what we are doing,” he added.