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|Full name||Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri|
|Date of birth||October 31, 1963|
|Place of birth||Ijuí, Brazil|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|1987||Vasco da Gama||17||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri (born October 31, 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul), commonly known as Dunga (pronounced Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈdũɡɐ]), is a former Brazilian football defensive midfielder and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 World Cup. Dunga coached the national team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and was dismissed by the Brazilian Football Confederation following the team's elimination in the quarter finals. He is the current head coach of Internacional in Brazil.
His nickname is derived from the Portuguese translation of Dopey, a dwarf from the Snow White tale, and was given to him by his uncle due to his short height during his childhood. It was believed that he would be a short adult and the nickname remained in use even after he grew up and became taller. He is of Italian and German descent.
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At the club level, Dunga played for Internacional (1980–84, 1999–2000), Corinthians (1984–85), Santos (1985–87), Vasco da Gama (1987), Pisa (1987–88), Fiorentina (1988–92), Pescara (1992–93), Stuttgart (1993–95), and Jubilo Iwata (1995–98).
Internationally, Dunga played 91 times for Brazil, scoring six goals. His international career began in 1983 at the u-20 World Cup. Dunga captained the young Brazilian squad, winning the tournament against Argentina in the final. A year later, he helped Brazil to win a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Dunga then started to get calls for Brazil's main squad, winning the 1989 Copa América by defeating Uruguay at the Maracanã Stadium.
In 1990, he was a starter for Brazil at the World Cup 1990. After a lackluster tournament and the subsequent elimination in the second round by arch rivals Argentina, Dunga was held responsible more so than his teammates for the worst campaign at a World Cup since 1966. In the following years, he would be consistently targeted by Brazilian press due to his supposedly thuggish style of playing. This period in Brazil's football history was called "Era Dunga," as according to fans and journalists he symbolized the less than thrilling, slow, and defensive style of the team. In spite of that, Brazil's new coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept Dunga as one of the starting XI throughout the 1994 World Cup Qualifiers and Finals.
Raí actually started the 1994 World Cup as Brazilian captain but after being allegedly responsible for Brazil's poor performances, he was dropped altogether for Mazinho. Dunga took the captaincy and went on to lift the trophy.
Dunga played the anchor role in midfield extremely effectively. Many other players in this position lunged into tackles and put themselves about, but Dunga rarely went to ground to make a tackle, instead using his anticipation and timing.
In 1994, he often served as the captain of the team. Dunga scored the third penalty kick in the finals against Italy. He assumed the captain role for the next four years until the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The 1998 tournament was notable for the lack of teamwork. It was often visible as Dunga got into a fight with teammate Bebeto in the first round match against Morocco, forcing the rest of the team to break them up. Dunga also scored in the fourth penalty kick in the shootout eventually won by Brazil against the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
Dunga was one of those considered to replace Vanderlei Luxemburgo in 2000 as the Brazilian national coach. Dunga refused the offer because he disliked the way in which the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was organized and managed its affairs.
On July 24, 2006, Dunga was named as the new national coach of the Brazilian national team as a replacement for Carlos Alberto Parreira, even though he had no prior coaching experience at professional level. However, he made an impressive start with Brazil, winning four of his first five matches.
His first match in charge was against Norway which was played in Oslo on August 16; the game ended in a 1–1 draw. His second match was held against arch rivals Argentina on September 3 in Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium in London, in which Brazil defeated Argentina by a 3–0 scoreline. On September 5, they defeated Wales 2–0 at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground. They later defeated Kuwaiti club Al-Kuwait 4–0, Ecuador 2–1, and Switzerland 2–1.
Dunga did not just look for players at large clubs, but looked at the whole scope of Europe, finding individual talents such as Daniel Carvalho, Vágner Love, and Dudu Cearense of Russian club CSKA Moscow. He also looked for players from local Brazilian clubs such as Corinthians, Flamengo, and São Paulo FC. In 2007, Dunga managed Brazil to their second straight Copa América title by beating arch-rivals Argentina in the final 3–0, who were heavily favored to win against a weaker Brazil squad. Dunga's squad also won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa on June 28, 2009. The team came back from a 2–0 deficit against the United States to emerge victorious from a Lúcio header in the 84th minute that made the score 3–2.
At the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Brazil made it to the quarter finals where they suffered a 2–1 loss to the Netherlands after having led the game 1–0. After Brazil's exit from the competition, Dunga announced he would stand down as coach, but ended up being dismissed by CBF on July 24, 2010. Dunga's 2010 World Cup selections were criticized by many, including famous Brazilian footballer Pelé. Pelé believed Pato and Neymar should have been selected to the squad.
It was announced on August 29, 2011 that he signed a contract with the Qatari club Al-Rayyan as a replacement for Paulo Autuori but Al Rayyan signed with another coach after Dunga says it's not sure for his new position.
Queens Park Rangers controversy
Dunga has an ongoing money related problem with Queens Park Rangers football club. He claims he loaned £750,000 in good faith to QPR as an investor in the club, when it was under previous owners, but now they (new owners) are refusing to give it back. He has instructed Collyer Bristow Solicitors to pursue his claim in the High Court if necessary, and hopes the current owners of the club will repay his loan. QPR is still to comment on this issue.
Club career statistics
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||League Cup||South America||Total|
|1987||Vasco da Gama||Série A||17||1||17||1|
|Italy||League||Coppa Italia||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|Japan||League||Emperor's Cup||J. League Cup||Asia||Total|
|1995||Júbilo Iwata||J. League||25||1||2||0||-||-||27||1|
|Brazil||League||Copa do Brasil||League Cup||South America||Total|
|Brazil national team|
- As of May 26, 2012
|Brazil||July 24, 2006||July 2, 2010||59||42||12||5||71.19|
|Brazil Olympic Team||June 22, 2008||August 22, 2008||8||7||0||1||87.50|
Brazil national team results
Brazil Olympic national team results
|June 22, 2008||Volta Redonda, Brazil||Rio de Janeiro State Selection||1–0||Alexandre Pato||Unofficial friendly|
|1||July 28, 2008||Singapore, Singapore||Singapore||3–0||Diego, Ronaldinho, Jô||Friendly|
|2||August 1, 2008||Hanoi, Vietnam||Vietnam||2–0||Alexandre Pato, Thiago Neves||Friendly|
|3||August 7, 2008||Shenyang, China PR||Belgium||1–0||Hernanes||2008 Olympic Games|
|4||August 10, 2008||Shenyang, China PR||New Zealand||5–0||Anderson, Alexandre Pato, Ronaldinho (2), Rafael Sóbis||2008 Olympic Games|
|5||August 13, 2008||Qinhuangdao, China PR||China PR||3–0||Diego, Thiago Neves (2)||2008 Olympic Games|
|6||August 16, 2008||Shenyang, China PR||Cameroon||2–0||Rafael Sóbis, Marcelo||2008 Olympic Games|
|7||August 19, 2008||Beijing, China PR||Argentina||0–3||2008 Olympic Games|
|8||August 22, 2008||Beijing, China PR||Belgium||3–0||Diego, Jô (2)||2008 Olympic Games|
- Rio Grande do Sul State League: 1982, 1983, 1984
- FIFA World Cup: 1994
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 1997
- Copa América: 1989, 1997
- Olympic Silver Medal: 1984
- South American Pre-Olympic Tournament: 1984
- J. League Most Valuable Player: 1997
- J. League Best Eleven: 1997, 1998
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1994, 1998
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