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01 August 2014

Carlos Dunga: "A man doesn't cry. We need to find more Dungas."

Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, better known simply as Dunga, has been entrusted with resurrecting Brazil after a disastrous World Cup campaign that saw key players, and millions of fans, shed tears of fear and agony. Dunga has never suffered fools and has always taken a no-nonsense approach to management.

Impressive First Spell with A Selecao

Dunga's first spell on the Selecao bench was from 2006 to 2010 where he won 42 games, tied 12 and only lost six times in 60 internationals according to the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF). He won the 2007 Copa America over Argentina and the 2009 Confederations Cup versus the USA, respectively, along with the 2008 Bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics.

In a recent interview with Veja of Brazil, Dunga elaborated on the following themes:

Discussion Items
  1. On life without young top players.
  2. On  more organization and strength.
  3. On players' crying.
  4. On the use of Scolari's psychologists at the World Cup.
  5. On the proper mentality during a World Cup.
  6. On the preoccupation with Neymar after his injury and Thiago Silva's refusal to take a penalty.
  7. On his pride to take over at this time.
Neymar Jr photo NeymarJr2.jpg
Photo credit: AndhikaMPPP.

1. On life without young top players:

"To select a team based upon very young players is not going to fix the problem. Our football isn't the scorched earth. That 1-7 versus Germany was a fatality. I don't believe that it will be the case where you have to start over from zero. It is due to the contact with more experienced players that newer ones experience a taste of winning and mature.

Today, we have good athletes who can become top players even if Neymar stands out. I know that talents such as he, Romario and Ronaldo don't show up every day. For this reason, we have to find more Dungas, more Jorginhos and Mauro Silvas, to create a strong, compact and fighting group. The important quality is to be organized."

2. On more organization and strength:

"Everyone talks about the great idols of the Brazilian 1970 team: Pele', Jairzinho and Carlo Alberto. As if only talent alone made us raise the World Cup. There was much more to it than this. That was a very organized team who knew how to defend, attack and prepare physically. In 1994 (where Dunga was the captain on a World Cup winning side), the team couldn't be too technical but was organized and had wide players (wingbacks and outside midfielders) who could cross which diversified the play. For me, that was clearly what gave us more strength. You can't tap a young boy of 14 years of age on the head, call him a genius and tell him he is going to win everything without scoring or running."

3. On players' crying:

"Those crying scenes, such as the game versus Chile, where out of place in the world of football. We are sexist. We have an idea that a man does not cry even if we must know how to respect everyone."

4. On the use of Scolari's psychologists at the World Cup:

Image credit: FIFA.

"The psychologists? I don't know if that is a solution. I have nothing against it. But it's difficult for a player to open up in only five minutes. Their first thought is: 'Will everything be relayed to the manager?' "

5. On the proper mentality during a World Cup:

Brazil National Team photo BrazilNationalTeam.jpg
Photo credit: AndhikaMPPP.

He was asked about the looks of Neymar and Dani Alves:

"If you want to change the color of your hair, do it before or after the World Cup. During those thirty days, you shouldn't discuss contracts, family matters or even marketing. If you want to wear a baseball cap (another reference to Neymar), wear one with the Brazilian national team colors and logo."

6. On the preoccupation with Neymar after his injury and Thiago Silva's refusal to take a penalty:

Brazilian Portuguese Footballing Terminology Guide by Street Smart Brazil.

"There was too much of a preoccupation after Neymar's injury before the game with Germany. I didn't like it. It sent a message that 'We've lost a warrior.' But if we go to war, we can't stop to cry over our losses. We have to give strength to the soldier who comes in to take his place."

On Thiago Silva who was taken to task in Brazil for his refusal to take a penalty kick versus Chile:

"He thought: 'If I miss, I can't ever step foot again in Brazil.' At least he was honest and had the courage to say he was not ready."

7. On his pride to take over at this time:

"If you took a poll of ten journalists, all ten would be against me. Not even Judas had so many people against him. They said it was Tite's turn. They always say it is someone else's turn. But now they turned to me."

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Luiz Felipe Scolari.
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