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Dunga in 2014
|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.
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 footballer and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 FIFA World Cup and the current head coach of Brazil. Along with Xavi, he is one of only two men to have played in a World Cup, Olympic Games, Confederations Cup and continental championship final. He is currently head coach of Brazil, being appointed in 2014 for a second time. He was previously from 2006 to 2010, where he led them to win the 2007 Copa América and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after which he was dismissed by the Brazilian Football Confederation. He was also head coach of Internacional in 2013.
His nickname is derived from the Portuguese translation of Dopey, a dwarf from the Disney version of 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.
- 1 Playing career
- 2 Management
- 3 Queens Park Rangers dispute
- 4 Style of play
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Honours
- 7 References
- 8 External links
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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 Rio de Janeiro.
He was a starter for Brazil at the 1990 World Cup which he was held responsible more so than his teammates for the worst campaign at a World Cup since 1966 after a lackluster tournament and the subsequent elimination in the second round by arch rivals Argentina. 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 in the United States 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.
On December 12, 2012, Dunga was confirmed as new coach of Internacional, where he started and finished his career as player. On October 3, 2013, Dunga was fired from his job at Internacional after a series of losses left the gaucho team in disarray. He was also a commentator for IRIB during 2014 FIFA World Cup.
On 22 July 2014, Dunga was announced as the new manager of Brazil, replacing the disgraced Luis Felipe Scolari, returning to the position for the first time since the team's exit in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Dunga's first match in his second reign as Brazil's manager was a friendly match against 2014 FIFA World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on 5 September 2014, with Brazil winning the match 1-0, with a Neymar free-kick in the 83rd minute of the match. He followed this up with wins against Ecuador and Argentina.
Queens Park Rangers dispute
Dunga has an ongoing financial dispute with Queens Park Rangers football club. He claims he loaned £750,000 to QPR as an investor in the club, when it was under previous owners, but that the new owners are refusing to give it back. Queens Park Rangers have commented on this issue saying the cheque he paid the club with bounced and he is aware of the situation.
Style of play
Dunga was a strong, ball-winning defensive midfielder, with good technique, tactical versatility, and an ability to read the game well. He was also capable of contributing creatively and offensively to his teams; he usually positioned himself in front of the defence, which allowed him to break down the opposing team's plays, and start attacking plays once he won back possession. Dunga was also known for his powerful striking ability from distance, and his vision and passing range as a playmaker; he often played long balls to forwards using the outside of his right foot. Dunga was seen as an atypical Brazilian footballer, who was more similar to European midfielders in terms of his composed, teancious, and physical style of play. Although he lacked the refined quality of traditional Brazilian midfielders in the mold of Zico, he stood out for his leadership, work-rate, and his determination throughout his career.
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 September 6, 2015
|Brazil||July 24, 2006||July 2, 2010||60||42||12||6||70.00|
|Brazil Olympic Team||June 22, 2008||August 22, 2008||9||8||0||1||88.89|
|Brazil||July 22, 2014||Present||18||15||1||2||83.33|
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
- Copa América: 2007
- Olympic Bronze Medal: 2008
- FIFA Confederations Cup: 2009
- Superclásico de las Américas: 2014
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1994, 1998
- J. League Most Valuable Player: 1997
- J. League Best Eleven: 1997, 1998
- FIFA XI: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
- Golden Foot: 2010, as a football legend
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