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Brazil sacks national coach, may turn to attacking Tite

Posted by Betonline Team on 6/16/2016 5:40:17 AM
Brazil sacks national coach, may turn to attacking Tite

A bad call on a handball cost Dunga as the team manager of the Brazilian Football Club during a controversial 1-0 loss to Peru during the Copa America in Foxborough, Mass. It was Brazil’s first loss to Peru since 1985.

This is a country that lives and breathes soccer and does not tolerate failure even if the officials played a huge role in the defeat. Brazil needed a tie with Peru to advance in the tournament but was blanked. Peru scored when Andy Polo crossed the ball to Raul Ruidiaz, who batted the ball in during the 75th minute.

Officials reviewed the play for four minutes but determined the controversial call was inconclusive. Brazil lost despite having 66 percent possession and out shooting Peru 14-4.

Afterwards, Dunga was asked if he feared being fired.

“I only fear death,” Dunga said.

Dunga and his entire staff were fired. The former midfielder served as Brazil’s team manager from 2006-2010 but was fired after the 2010 World Cup. He returned in 2014 to replace Luiz Felipe, now must scramble to find a new manager before the Olympics this summer in Rio.

The big question is why was he brought back in the first place? Brazil needed to get into the new age of soccer, which is being spear-headed by the European countries. Dunga tried to do things the same way, which failed before.

Also, there was little continuity. In selecting teams for 2014 Brazil only returned three players. In contrast, Germany returned 14 players, Italy and Spain 13, and France 12.

There were rumors within the organization that players did not regard Dunga as advanced as some of their club coaches. They nicknamed him “Dopey.”

Brazil beat Haiti earlier in the tournament but drew with Ecuador to set up the showdown with Peru. Brazil played without superstar Neymar who is being saved for the Olympics. Neymar has been touring the United States on a vacation to clear his mind.

Brazil used to be the team to beat in tournaments and has five World Cups to show for it. However, questions began to mount, especially after a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup. That is when Luiz Filipe Scolari, aka Dunga, took over the team for the second time.

He is a former midfielder who was the captain of the 1994 World Cup and runner-up team in 1998. Corinthians coach Tite is favored to replace him. He coached his team to its first Copa Libertadores championship in 2012. He took time off to tour Europe and study some of the clubs there and is more of an attacking style coach now.


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