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Carlos Dunga returns: Can he succeed this time?

Carlos Dunga is officially taking the responsibility as a manager of Brazilian national team again after previous four-year stint leading up to the World Cup 2010. Dunga replaces Scolari, who watched over a meltdown during the final rounds of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

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Carlos Dunga will lead Brazil from now—–image via: www1.skysports.com

Carlos Dunga having no prior managerial experience took the charge in 2006. As a longtime Brazilian midfielder he had enjoyed enough success at both the club and international levels. Hence he has given Brazil enough confidence to lead the national team.

When Carlos Dunga led Brazil:

Dunga had a pretty good history for most of his tenure. In 2007 Copa America Dunga led the side to Championships as well as the 2009 confederations Cup. He ensured the Brazil squad qualified for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

But alas! At the football’s biggest stage in 2010 World Cup he was not able to deliver his outmost as the Netherlands eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals. It marked the end of his first stint as manager.

Scolari made it worse!!!

The story changes following a disappointing finish by the Scolari-led squad on home soil. Although the team made it to the semifinals, in the match against Germany they were shockingly routed by 7-1 defeat and then losing the third place match by 3-0 against the Netherlands.

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Brazil drowned in the sea of tears—–image via: www.telegraph.co.uk

After this unexpected 10-1 cumulative defeat, Scolari found the exit door, the man who led Brazil to the World Cup title in 2002.

And now it’s the return of Carlos Dunga.

For Brazil it’s a risky hire to assign Dunga obviously as he had only one managerial job between his two stays with the Selecao. It featured limited success for him at the international levels. It appears far from a guarantee that Dunga will be able to get the Brazilian national team back on track.

Putting aside all dispute, it is notable that Dunga was with the side during some of its peak years and he clearly understands what it takes to win at the highest levels. His main task will be creating the same sense of determination and belief within the current team.

Carlos Dunga, the Captain of the winners:

Carlos Dunga was always fueled by anger. He is the one captain, winning World Cup in history who transformed the act of lifting World Cup trophy from one of celebration to one of revenge. After USA’94, he held aloft the cup pouring his contempt for those who had doubted him and his team.

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Dunga, The World Cup trophy winning Captain——image via: www.latinpost.com

As a player, even as a World Cup winning team captain, he contributed at his best. But it is quite another thing in the position of coach. During the 2010 campaign it was clear that Dunga was entirely out of his emotional depth. In one press conference after match he even tangled with an entirely inoffensive Brazilian Journalist.

The controversies:

It was clear that he was unable to control himself that time. Then how could control a national team like Brazil? Was it really a surprise when the team suffered an emotional collapse in the second half against the Netherlands while Carlos Dunga, the future coach lost his temper on the sidelines?

Probably, now the time for those to shed tears who hoped for something more idealistic from the country seen by many as the spiritual guardian of the holy game of football for the Brazilian.

The Brazilian Football Confederation undoubtedly believes that Dunga is the right man for this holy job. The Brazilian supporters won’t have much patience after the disappointment, so here quick progress is eagerly expected.

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Top 10 unknown Neymar facts

The eyes of the whole world have been on Neymar Jr. since his high profile move to Barcelona. His talents may have been known to many, but there are some unknown facts about him which may seem very much interesting.

This article of Sporty ghost will serve to give the footballing world an inside track on Neymar. His limitless potential and specialty with the ball have established himself at a very high peak of success at such a young age. Here are some top 10 unknown Neymar facts that might interest you to some extent.

Top 10 unknown Neymar facts:

1. Santos has been his only club

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Neymar at Santos———-image via: www.flickr.com

Until Barcelona, Santos has been his only home. He has showcased his extraordinary skills at Santos for years. The 21-year-old Neymar joined Santos in 2003 and has been there until the big offer came. This explains some emotional tears surrounding the last game he has played for the club.

For the first time in his footballing career, Neymar Jr is wearing foreign jersey in a land of Barcelona, Spain.

Possibly, it may be one of the unknown Neymar facts to the viewers.

2. Neymar is a father

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Neymar with his son——–image via: wallpaperbarcelona.com

The football world nearly stood when Lionel Messi became father. But no one realizes that Neymar beat the Argentine legend by a few years!

Neymar, at the age of 19 welcomed his son Davi Lucca to the world.

After coming Barcelona, the father and son have fitted perfectly. Very often we get the chance to see them together with smiling faces.

The fact is indeed among the unknown Neymar facts.

3. Neymar scored his 100th professional goal on his 20th birthday

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Neymar’s goal celebration———image via: uk.eurosport.yahoo.com

Well in February 5, 2012, it was that very special day on which he scored 100th professional goal along with his 20th birthday.

The goal was well remembered and it was come against Palmeiras in the traditional Neymar way. The timing of the goal was surprising enough for the spectators.

There are few lucky faces whose can claim to score on their birthday. At the age of 20, who else ever celebrated their 100th professional goal? Incredible indeed.

4. On the cover of TIME magazine

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Neymar is on TIME’s cover———–image via: www.bluebus.com.br

It is quite hard to believe that Neymar Jr. is the only Brazilian athlete to ever grace the cover of world renowned TIME magazine. It is truly a magnificent feat for the country.

Infact, other Brazilians are not even athletes, rather powerful politicians to find their way on the cover of TIME.

5. Neymar nearly joined Real Madrid at the age of 14

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Neymar in Real!!!!——————image via: thefootballmind.com

The football giant Real Madrid had missed out the golden opportunity indeed.

At the age of 14, Neymar flew to Spain to join the Spanish side. He passed all the tests and was ready to make the move. Then Santos came out with a hefty price to keep him in Brazil.

The rest remains history.

6. West Ham was the first club to bid on Neymar

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Neymar————image via: en.wikipedia.org

Neymar was just beginning to show his skills in Santos. Then back in 2010, his performance attracted the attention of West Ham United.

West Ham quickly made a bid of £12 million for Neymar, but were turned down the offer immediately. This bid drew eyes to Neymar on a worldwide level as Chelsea then took interest before other clubs joined the transfer frenzy.

Did you know it? Or it’ll be one of unknown Neymar facts to you.

7. The interesting beginning of international career

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The Flying Neymar——-image via: www.wattquiz.com

Despite his amazing talents, however, Neymar was overlooked early on by the Brazil National team. Brazilian legends like Pele and Romario influenced Dunga to include him in 2010 World Cup squad, followed by a petition signed by 14,000 fans.

Surprisingly, Neymar was not included in the World Cup squad. He was not included even in the stand-by list. But, it was only a matter of time.

Under new manager Mano Menezes, Neymar made his debut for the National team in August 2010 in a friendly match against USA. That night Neymar scored in his first-ever match in the Brazil jersey.

8. Neymar is the seventh richest footballer in the world

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Neymar with his style——–image via: www.footballdeluxe.com

He may be only a kid, but he is richer than anyone around. In 2012, Neymar was listed as the seventh richest footballer in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi also find their names on that list, but it is amazing that Neymar is on the same financial level.

At only 21, Neymar has already made more than most of us will in our entire lives.

9. Neymar is Barcelona’s ninth most expensive purchase

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Neymar Jr in Barca ——–image via: hiilkubad.com

It seems really surprising with all things being considered.

With high profile talents and skills, he actually came fairly cheap for FC Barcelona. Neymar is the ninth most expensive purchase in Barcelona’s history at only 57 million Euros.

The purchase either means that Barcelona pulled off an incredible deal for Neymar or has been a huge spender over the last few years. It is a bit of both, really.

10. Neymar is a marketing machine

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Neymar on Vogue———-image via: www.arizonafoothillsmagazine.com

In 2012 and 2013, Neymar has been named the most marketable athlete in the world by SportsPro magazine. In this race he defeated Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Rory McIlroy.

In fact, he is so good at selling products that some people have called him as “Neymarketing”. His pretty face landed him on a cover of Vogue, Brazilian edition with Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen. I dont think you are familiar with all these unknown Neymar facts.

Neymar has taken the world by a storm and he has achieved the peak of success in his short career.

Neymar is just getting started.

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Dunga’s Brazil Prepared for Copa America with Neymar Arrival

Last Sunday Brazil got a 2-0 win over Mexico. Brazil team was literally good with some monotonous overtones. But as matter of fact, the Copa America is not only winning the title. At least for the strong sides in this tournament believe this as greater competition within the region. In fact Brazil must have been fascinating to forget those 20-odd minutes of madness last July in FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil.

It was the Selecao’s first match on home soil since beaten by Holland on July 12. Now Brazil team pretty more prepared to take on Peru this Sunday in their Copa America opener in Chile. The 1994 World Cup winning captain Dunga (current coach of Brazil National Team) is keeping faith in Neymar. He will be counting on his talisman after he reported for national duty last Monday.

Neymar Arrival boosts Brazil for Copa America:

Anyway, you cannot just allow guarantee about the 23-year-old to play any part against the Central Americans. But it was truly a happy ending for Neymar on Champions League Final against Juventus. He netted the third on that night in Berlin last weekend. Dunga believes European success can also help to lift his second continental title. As he had already won the 2007 edition following a 3-0 rout of Argentina recently.

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Brazilian Captain Neymar ; image credit en.wikipedia.org

Neymar has far shown no fatigue with 39 goals this season for Barcelona. Even he was a very regular footballer for international arena since 2011. Some say, he needs rest and for the purpose to serve, it will be wise to leave him out of Wednesday’s friendly squad.

After winning the Champions League Final on Saturday, Neymar joined the Brazil squad yesterday. With Neymar’s absence for the match, one man who could return is Santos forward Robinho. Recently the journeyman has returned to the international fold as one of the experienced heads in Brazil.

He is very much expected to be shown as the principal feeder between the freely fluctuating lines between midfield and attack for Selecao team. Elias on the other hand had an excellent performance in both goals as he battles with Casemiro for a place alongside Fernandinho.

The back line now picks itself with Jefferson behind Danilo, Miranda, David Luiz and Filipe Luis. But the Porto right-back is not confirmed for Wednesday’s game. He had recently endured an ankle problem following from Javier Guemez. May be Fabinho would be set to deputies. Again, Willian has stepped up in the absence of midfield partners Luiz Gustavo and Oscar.

This is actually a beneficial chance for Dunga to test a few broader options in Porto Alegre. Shakhtar midfielder Fred had already failed to impose himself on proceedings. While Brazil appear to be on an upward trajectory since the World Cup, last form tells a different guidelines.

Dunga needed to redesign the Brazil side after Luiz Felipe Scolari’s tenure. And probably he has forged a first XI that looks prepared enough on the eve of Copa America. Brazil reverted to two lines of four without the ball against Mexico.

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Willian and Coutinho proved capable of causing problems for teams set up to utilize the man marking system. When Robinho drops back into a 4-2-3-1, it leaves Diego Tardelli to lead from the front. Hopefully the lack of definitive positioning will play to Brazil’s strengths this time.

As the tournament approaching just the corner, Dunga must have wished for fine-tuning his prime instruments. Brazil have fond memories of their last visit to Porto Alegre. They had 3-0 win over France on the eve of the Confederations Cup last time.

That was an absolute success for Brazil romped to the title.

On the eve of competition once again, Selecao team appears to be purring. Though Brazil has overwhelmed in last 10 wins from 10 matches, Dunga likes to think only about the upcoming first match for them. And no doubt, with the present focus, Neymar arrival, Brazil team is genuinely boosted for the Copa America chances.

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Top 10 Brazilian footballers of all time

Brazil has achieved the most success as national football team in the FIFA world cup history. Brazil national team won five world cups namely, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. This year 2014 FIFA world cup is going to be hosted by Brazil. They qualified without playing the play offs. The national team currently ranking no 1 in World Football Elo Rating and 6 in the FIFA world ranking, they will be hard competitors for rest of the nations. They are the only team to have won the world cup in four different continents. Throughout the history Brazil has become the land of great footballers who had influenced the football world profoundly.

I am going to discuss about the top 10 Brazilian footballers of all time. Choose your favourite one among them…

10. Socrates:

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Socrates, ‘the doctor’—image via: www.telegraph.co.uk

The late Socrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira played for Brazilian national football team from 1979 to 1986. The attacking mid fielder earned his nick name ‘ Doctor Socrates’ as he was a MD in medicine. He scored 22 goals in his 60 appearances for the Brazil national team.

9. Roberto Carlos:

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Roberto carlos, the free kicker—–image via: www.theguardian.com

Roberto Carlos started his career as a forward but spent most of the time as a left back. He is well known for his powerful free kicks. From 1992 to 2006 he played for Brazilian national football team with 11 goals in 125 matches.

8. Ronaldinho:

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Ronaldinho, the magiciann of football—-image via: en.wikipedia.org

This attacking mid- fielder won the FIFA world player of the year in 2005 and 2005. For the Brazilian national team he has scored 33 goals in 97 matches. Being an integral part of 2002 Brazilian national team, his greatest achievement was winning the world cup. Starring alongside with Ronaldo and Rivaldo in an attacking trio, he was named in FIFA world cup all star team.

7. Cafu:

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Cafu the captain of winners—-image via: www.theguardian.com

Cafu made himself the most internationally capped male Brazilian player in the history. He is the only player to appear in the three world cup finals-1994, 1998 and 2002. From 1990 to 2006 he played for the Brazilian team and scored 5 goals in 142 appearances. Cafu remains in our list of great Brazilian footballers of all time with dignity.

6. Jairzinho:

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Jairzinho, ‘the hurricane’—-image via: ripley.za.net

As a powerful winger, Jairzinho was a member of the legendary Brazilian national football team that won the 1970 FIFA  world cup. During the tournament he scored in every match that Brazil played. He was nicknamed as ‘ the Hurricane’. He played in three consecutive world cup, 1966, 1970,1974. Jairzinho played as an asset for Brazilian national team from 1964-1982. During this time he scored 33 goals in 81 appearances.

5. Zico:

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zico, ‘the white Pele’—-imge via: www.bbc.com

Zico is commonly called as ‘ the white Pele’ and he is considered as the most skilful finisher of all time for Brazil. He is possibly the best player of the world in late 70s and early 80s. Pele said about Zico,

“throughout the years, the one player that came closest to me was Zico”.

He scored 48 goals in 71 official appearances for Brazil. So in my counting, Zico is certainly one of the best Brazilian footballers of all time.

4. Romario:

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romario—–image via: iiroonfilms.com

Romario is a former Brazilian footballer, manager and current politician. He was a part of the Brazilian national team wining FIFA world cup in 1994. He is one of the most prolific strikers and clinical finishers in the football history. He was particularly deadly in one-on-one versus goalkeeper. He is in the 5th position in FIFA player of the century. Romario won FIFA world player of the year and world cup golden ball in 1994. He is the third highest goal scorer for his national team after netting 55 goals in 70 appearances. He is the one of very few strikers to surpass 1000 goals’ landmark in total of any international competition.

3. Ronaldo:

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ronaldo kissing the dream world cup—-image via: www.sportable.com

Ronaldo won FIFA world player of the year three times and he is the one among the three who have won that honour. He is the second highest goal scorer for the national team as he scored 62 goals in 98 matches. As a part of the Brazilian squad he won 1994 and 2002 world cup. In 1998, he was awarded Golden ball. In 2006 he became the highest goal scorer in the world cup history after scoring his 15th. Commonly called ‘ the Phenomenon’, Ronaldo played as a powerful Brazilian striker played for his nation from 1994 to 2011.

2. Garrincha:

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Garrincha doudging the opponent——image via; stormnotify.com

Garrincha playing as a right winger and forward in the Brazilian national team and probably the best dribbler with ball in the football history. Garrincha won the FIFA world cup in 1958 and 1962 with a devastating performance. In 1962 world cup when Pele was out due to injury , he was the only one led the Brazil to victory. He won Golden ball and Golden boot in that tournament. From 1955 to 1966 he played for the Brazil national team and scored 12 goals in 50 matches.

1. Pele:

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Now comes the no 1, the greatest amongst the greats, Pele. In 1999   Pele was voted World Player of the century. Not only that, in 2013 he received FIFA Ballon d’or Prix D’honour. Pele, “ The Black Pearl” is currently holding Guiness world record of total 1281 goals in 1363 league games. He is hailed as a national hero in his native Brazil. This world known attacking mid-fielder won three world cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970 for the national team. From his 92 appearances he bagged 77 goals for Brazil. American President Ronald Regan said about Pele,

“My name is Ronald Reagan, I’m the President of the United States of America. But you don’t need to introduce yourself, because everyone knows who Pelé is.”

What a remark it was! Yes, Pele is the no 1 in this list of great Brazilian footballers of all time..