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Dunga names 1994 teammates as assistants

By Xinhua
Dunga names 1994 teammates as assistants
Brazil's 1994 World-Cup winning skipper Carlos Verri, better known as "Dunga", is presented as the new coach of the Brazilian national football team, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) in Rio de Janeiro, on July 22, 2014. (AFP) 

RIO DE JANEIRO - Newly appointed Brazil coach Dunga has named former Internacional assistant manager Andrey Lopes as his deputy and two of his 1994 teammates as assistant coaches.

Lopes was an assistant coach at Internacional during Dunga's 10-month spell at the Porto Alegre club that ended last October.

Dunga's 1994 World Cup-winning teammate Taffarel is selected as Brazil's goalkeeping coach.

Dunga names 1994 teammates as assistants
Brazilian goalkeeper Claudio Taffarel pumps his fists in the air after Italian forward Roberto Baggio (L) missed his penalty kick at the end of the shoot-out of the World Cup soccer final, 17 July 1994 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (AFP) 

The 48-year-old, a member of Dunga's back-room staff during his first spell in charge of the national team from 2006 to 2010, had been coaching at Galatasaray.

"We have sought a range of professionals from different parts of the country to work with us," Dunga said in a statement released by Brazil's football confederation on Wednesday.

"We have brought in some World Cup winners to provide some experience, quality and champion DNA."

Mauro Silva, who also played in Brazil's 1994 World Cup triumph, will work as an assistant alongside Lopes during Brazil's next two friendly matches against Colombia and Ecuador in September.

Dunga names 1994 teammates as assistants
Deportivo's Brazilian players Djalminha (left), Mauro Silva who holds the cup (center) and Spaniard Diego Tristan (right) celebrate their victory in the final of the Copa del Rey (King's Cup) between Real Madrid and Deportivo la Coruna  in Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, 06 March 2002. (AFP) 

Dunga said he planned to bring in other experienced coaches to join his managerial staff on a rotational basis.

The 50-year-old was appointed Brazil's manager on Tuesday, replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned after the team's failure to reach the World Cup final as hosts and pre-tournament favorites.

His Selecao return was said to have come at the behest of his friend and former national teammate Gilmar Rinaldi, who was last week appointed Brazils new technical director.

Brazilian fans blamed former head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari for the 7-1 defeat in the semifinal of the FIFA World Cup, which took place in the country and ended on July 13, according to a poll released on Wednesday.

According to the poll, carried by research community Conecta, 72 percent of interviewees blamed Scolari for the bad result. A total of 55 percent also blamed the players, and 28 percent blamed the Brazilian Soccer Confederation (CBF) as well.

Scolari's performance as head coach was considered a disappointment to 75 percent of interviewees, and 48 percent considered his work much below expectations, which were most likely very high since the last time Scolari was coach, in 2002, Brazil won its fifth World Cup.

Even though Brazilians were dissatisfied with the performance of the national squad in the World Cup, the event itself was more to their liking: 62 percent of interviewees said the World Cup was better than they expected, 22 said it was within their expectations and 16 percent said it was below their expectations.

Infrastructure received praise as 52 percent of interviewees considered the state of the arenas above expectations, 40 percent considered the airports' service above expectations and 45 percent considered security above expectations. Traffic was the only item which did not receive good grades, as only 27 percent of interviewees considered it above expectations during the World Cup.

The survey was carried out on July 15-20 with 1,181 people from all over Brazil.

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