Dunga appointed new Brazil coach
Dunga pictured in Germany during the recent World Cup finals.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil -- Former Brazil midfielder and captain Dunga was surprisingly named as the country's new national team coach on Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said on its official Web site.
The 42-year-old, with no previous coaching experience, replaced Carlos Alberto Parreira, who resigned last Wednesday following Brazil's disappointing performance at the World Cup.
They were knocked out in the quarterfinals by France.
They had gone to Germany as hot favorites to lift a sixth world title.
Dunga, famous for his fighting spirit, captained the Brazil team which won the 1994 World Cup and he wore the armband again four years later when they finished as runners-up to France.
"I want to bring the same determination I had as a player," Dunga told the CBF's Web site.
"Motivation and will to win are fundamental for anyone who wants to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team."
The favorites to replace Parreira had been ex-Real Madrid coach Vanderlei Luxemburgo and former Peru coach Paulo Autuori.
Dunga's first game in charge will be a friendly against Norway in Oslo on Aug. 16.
Brazil are not due to play any competitive games until next year's Copa America in Venezuela.
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