July 8, 2014; Belo Horizonte, BRAZIL; Brazil players Fred (left) and Bernard react after the second Germany goal of the first half during the semifinal match in the 2014 World Cup at Mineirao Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Dunga replaces Luis Felipe Scolari as Brazil national team manager

On Tuesday the Brazilian soccer federation announced it had found the replacement for Luis Felipe Scolari, who resigned following the World Cup. It decided to dip back in to its past and hire Dunga for a second term as manager of the Brazilian national team.

Scolari was as good as gone when the halftime score read 5-0 in favor of Germany in the semifinal in the Brazilian capital city. We all know it ended just as badly as it could, with the Seleção being defeated 7-1 and the manager resigned in disgrace following that game. 

Dunga previously managed the Brazil squad from 2006-2010, winning the 2007 Copa America and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup over the United States. However, that only increased the pressure on his side for the 2010 World Cup and Brazil failed to get out of the quarterfinals in South Africa.

Overall, Brazil won 42, drew 12 and lost six matches with Dunga in charge of the Seleção.

He was a winner on the field during his playing career, taking home the 1994 World Cup as captain of that squad. He nearly reached the 100-cap mark in his international career, making 91 appearances for Brazil with six goals to the defensive midfielders name.

The quick hire of Dunga for a second time appears to have been heavily linked to Brazil’s FA signing Gilmar Rinaldi as technical director—both were members of the 1994 World Cup winning side.

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