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Brazil Removes Coach Dunga After World Cup Loss

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July 4 (Bloomberg) -- Carlos Dunga will be replaced as coach of Brazil’s national soccer team after it was eliminated from the World Cup by the Netherlands three days ago.

A successor will be named this month, Brazil’s soccer federation said on its website. Dunga’s team began the World Cup as the favorite to win a record-extending sixth title.

Dunga, who captained Brazil’s 1994 World Cup-winning team, said his contract had come to an end with the 2-1 loss to the Netherlands.

“I was contracted for four years and we knew this right from the start,” the 46-year-old told reporters in South Africa after the game.

Dunga, who played in three World Cups, was accused by local journalists and commentators of betraying Brazil’s famed Joga Bonito, or beautiful play, since he became coach. His team played a more conservative style, with midfielders helping to support the defenders. Dunga dismissed the criticism before the start of the World Cup.

“Everybody has their own taste and preferences,” Dunga said in a pre-match press conference at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. “I really like winning, that’s all. It doesn’t matter whether someone likes you or not. What counts is what happens on the field.”

The team, known as the Selecao, was trying to become the only squad to have won soccer’s biggest prize on every continent it’s been played. Brazil instead exited at the quarterfinal stage for the second tournament in a row.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Elser at celser@bloomberg.net

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