Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Dunga proud of Brazil's recovery ahead of Copa

30 March 2015, 08:08

London - After eight successive victories since their humiliating World Cup exit, Brazil manager Dunga is proud of his side's recovery but believes the upcoming Copa America will be the most difficult in years.

Hosts Brazil were humbled 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final by eventual winners Germany before falling to a 3-0 defeat against the Netherlands in the third-place playoff.

Manager Luiz Felipe Scolari resigned and was replaced by Dunga, who has since overseen an impressive pick-up in form encapsulated by Sunday's 1-0 friendly win against Chile at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

After his first spell in charge of Brazil, Dunga was criticised for their uninspiring showing at the 2010 World Cup but has won plaudits during his second coming for overseeing an effective rebuilding after the traumatic Germany defeat.

"I am very happy with how the players have responded since then," Dunga told reporters after Roberto Firmino's goal lifted them to a feisty win over their South American rivals.

"I am very pleased with how they are dealing with everything since the World Cup and they are working very hard. They know the responsibility they have when they play for the Brazilian team and they are determined to change what has happened in the past so I am very happy."

Eight-time winners Brazil begin their Copa America campaign in Chile against Peru on June 14 and Dunga believes the influx of South American players to Europe will add to the challenge.

Also read: Fellaini helps Belgium thrash Cyprus

"The Copa America will be one of the most difficult for a long time," he added.

"The South American teams are a lot stronger because so many players are playing in Europe which make the competition a lot harder than ever before."

Talisman Neymar was absent from their Germany humbling after he was injured in their quarter-final win over Colombia and Dunga said it was important they stopped relying solely on their instrumental forward.

"We must test every option. However, Neymar is very important to the team not only technically but because he's very competitive and he helps the other players.

"This is the last game before the Copa America and many players come to the national team and we try to give them all the opportunity to play and today was the perfect opportunity to try them out."

Counterpart Jorge Sampaoli of Chile was upbeat despite his team's defeat.

"With three days since the last game (a 2-0 defeat by Iran) it was going to be difficult. The overall performance today was good aside from the result but I'm very happy with the players," he said.

- Reuters


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Types of men that are a waste of ...

Most women end up heartbroken because they were trying to convince the wrong man to be in a relationship/ marriage. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Cheating is hardwork!

Cheating, although enjoyable by the person doing it initially, it gets to a point they start realizing that it was never even worth it. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Dating that one person that socie...

Works at a massage parlour. Works at Millionaires Club (that one on Baricho road) - you know the ones I am talking about. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
What do men mean when they say th...

As much as men think they are the ones confused by relationships, they have a better idea of it than most women actually do. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM rebels sweat in Kisii as Oran...

ODM rebels are sweating in Kisii after the Orange Party won by elections despite concerted efforts by the ruling Jubilee Party to win the elections. Read more...