Defiant Brazil coach Dunga ‘fears only death’ not unemployment

Sports | 14 Jun 2016

Defiant Brazil manager Dunga brushed off suggestions that early elimination from the Copa America would cost him his job, saying that he feared "only death" and not unemployment.

There was immediate speculation over Dunga's future after Peru's contentious 1-0 win eliminated Brazil in the group stage but the former World Cup- winning captain expects to be leading Brazil at their home Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

"I am only afraid of death, I am not afraid of that," he said when asked if he feared losing his job after Brazil's early exit from the Copa America being hosted by the United States.

"The [Brazil football federation] president knows what we are doing, how we are working. We know about the pressure, and we know that the job comes with criticism.

"When you work for the Brazil national team you have to know the criticism will mount when you don't get results but internally we know what we are doing."

Dunga bemoaned the impatience of his critics and repeated his mantra that restructuring the game in Brazil would take time after a painful 2014 World Cup campaign that included a 7-1 defeat by Germany in the semi-finals.

However, after a bright start to his second spell in charge, Brazil were knocked out of last year's Copa America at the quarter-final stage and currently sit sixth in South America's 10-team qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup.

He has also failed to make many friends with his combative approach and the knives are being sharpened after the eight-time Copa America champions failed to make the second round for the first time in 29 years.

Dunga, though, blamed the defeat on the officials who failed to see that Raul Ruidiaz' goal for Peru was punched into the net.

Ruidiaz appeared to use his hand to score from close range with 16 minutes remaining and, after a long delay as referee Andres Cunha consulted with his assistant while taking advice through an earpiece, the Uruguayan official allowed the goal to stand.


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