Saturday, 3rd July 2010

Brazil coach Dunga has fallen on his sword after the country’s quarter-final exit to Holland. The 1994 World Cup winner wasted no time in announcing his decision not to seek a continuation of the contract agreed with the Brazilian FA. Dunga took charge in 2006 and had signed a four-year deal.

The coach had come in for a huge amount of criticism from his country’s press due to a more pragmatic and less attacking style of football. It was a style of play and belief in the need to be more "European" that pushed Dunga into overlooking Alexandre Pato, Ronaldinho and Adriano for the Selecao’s World Cup squad.

"We knew when I started that I would be here for four years", said Dunga. Asked whether the blame for defeat lay on his shoulders Dunga accepted responsibility at once. "I am the coach of the Brazilian team. I have the greatest responsibility."



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