Mano Menezes Named Brazil National Soccer Team Coach, Replacing Dunga

Mano Menezes was named coach of the Brazil national soccer team, replacing the fired Carlos Dunga.

Menezes had been the coach of Sao Paulo club Corinthians. Dunga was dismissed July 4 after World Cup favorite Brazil was eliminated by the Netherlands in the quarterfinals.

Ricardo Teixeira, president of Brazil’s soccer federation, said Menezes wants to develop a team that will have a competitive style but still have the “face of Brazilian football.” Brazil will host the next World Cup in 2014.

“He showed courage and also pride to have the opportunity that all coaches dream for, which is to control the Brazilian national team,” Teixeira said in the statement. “I am certain that it will turn into a great job in the run-up to 2014.”

Muricy Ramalho was offered the job but turned it down to remain with his club Fluminense, the federation said yesterday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alexander Ragir in Rio de Janeiro at aragir@bloomberg.net.

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