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Personal information
Full name Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri
Date of birth October 31, 1963 (1963-10-31) (age 46)
Place of birth Ijuí, Brazil
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current club Brazil (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1984 Internacional 010 00(0)
1984–1985 Corinthians 013 00(1)
1985–1987 Santos 016 00(1)
1987 Vasco da Gama 000 00(0)
1987–1988 Pisa 023 00(2)
1988–1992 Fiorentina 124 00(8)
1992–1993 Pescara 023 00(3)
1993–1995 Stuttgart 054 00(7)
1995–1998 Jubilo Iwata 099 0(16)
1999–2000 Internacional 015 00(1)
Total 377 0(39)
National team
1982–1998 Brazil 091 0(6)
Teams managed
2006– Brazil
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 30, 2009.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 30, 2009

Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri (born October 31, 1963 in Ijuí, Rio Grande do Sul), commonly known as Dunga, is a Brazilian former football defensive midfielder, of Italian and German descent, and a World Champion for Brazil in the 1994 World Cup. He is now national coach of the Brazilian national team. Dunga's nickname is Portuguese for "Dopey," one of the Seven Dwarfs. Dunga's uncle gave him this nickname when he believed that he would never grow to a tall stature.


Playing career

At the club level, Dunga played for Internacional (1980-84, 1999-2000), Corinthians (1984-85), Santos (1985-87), Vasco da Gama (1987), Pisa (1987-88), Fiorentina (1988-92), Pescara (1992-93), VfB Stuttgart (1993-95), and Jubilo Iwata (1995-98).

Internationally, Dunga played 91 times for Brazil, scoring six goals. His international career began in 1983 at the Sub-20 World Cup. Dunga captained the young Brazilian squad, winning the tournament against Argentina in the final. A year later, he helped Brazil to win a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. Dunga then started to get calls for Brazil's main squad, winning the 1989 Copa América by defeating Uruguay at the Maracanã Stadium.

In 1990, he was a starter for Brazil at the World Cup. After a lackluster tournament and the subsequent elimination in the second round by arch rivals Argentina, Dunga was held responsible more so than his teammates for the worst campaign at a World Cup since 1966. In the following years, he would be consistently targeted by Brazilian press due to his supposedly thuggish style of playing. This period in Brazil's football history was called "Era Dunga," as according to fans and journalists he symbolized the less than thrilling, slow, and defensive style of the team. In spite of that, Brazil's new coach Carlos Alberto Parreira kept Dunga as one of the starting XI throughout the 1994 World Cup Qualifiers and Finals.

Raí actually started the 1994 World Cup as Brazilian captain but after a series of poor performances, he was dropped altogether for Mazinho. Dunga took the captaincy and went on to lift the trophy. Dunga had redeemed himself in the eyes of the press and fans alike, and ever since has been considered a symbol of heart and determination.

Four years later, although playing in the lower standard J. League in Japan, he captained Brazil once more to the final where they lost to France.

Dunga played the anchor role in midfield extremely effectively. Many other players in this position lunged into tackles and put themselves about, but Dunga rarely went to ground to make a tackle, instead using his anticipation and timing. His passing ability was also second to none, always starting a fresh attack and rarely wasting it.

In 1994, he often served as the captain of the team. Dunga scored the third penalty kick in the finals against Italy. He assumed the captain role for the next four years until the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The 1998 tournament was notable for the lack of teamwork. It was often visible as Dunga got into a fight with teammate Bebeto in the first round match against Morocco, forcing the rest of the team to break them up. Dunga also scored in the fourth penalty kick in the shootout eventually won by Brazil against the Netherlands in the semi-finals.


Dunga was one of those considered to replace Vanderlei Luxemburgo in 2000 as the Brazilian national coach. The reason why Dunga turned down his offer was his dislike of the way the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was organized and managing their affairs.[citation needed]

On July 24, 2006, Dunga was named as the new national coach of the Brazilian national team as a replacement for Carlos Alberto Parreira, even though he has no prior coaching experience at professional level. However, he made an impressive start with Brazil, winning four of his first five matches. Zagallo has recently declared Dunga's work as the head coach of the Brazilian national team is very satisfactory. Dunga has shown that he is a manager in the style of great Brazilian managers such as Luiz Felipe Scolari, the manager during the 2002 FIFA World Cup victorious squad.

His first match in charge was against Norway which was played in Oslo on August 16; the game ended in a 1-1 draw. His second match was held against arch rivals Argentina on 3 September in Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium in London, in which Brazil defeated Argentina by a 3-0 scoreline. On September 5, they defeated Wales 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane ground. They later defeated Kuwaiti club Al-Kuwait 4-0, Ecuador 2-1, and Switzerland 2-1.

Unlike Parreira, Dunga has focused on the task of unemphasizing all players and treating them as equals. He did not just look for players on popular clubs, such as AC Milan, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid but looked at the whole scope of Europe, finding individual talents such as Daniel Carvalho, Vágner Love, and Dudu Cearense of Russian club CSKA Moscow. He also looks for players from local Brazilian clubs such as Corinthians, Flamengo, and São Paulo FC. Of the former "Magic Quartet," Ronaldinho and Kaká were the only players who had a place in the Brazilian national side on those matches, until the next year when Adriano was called back in the squad for a friendly against Portugal, which Brazil lost 0-2. Dunga is yet to select the last member of the Magic Quartet, Ronaldo. In 2007, Dunga managed Brazil to their second straight Copa América title by beating arch-rivals Argentina in the final 3-0, who were heavily favored to win against a weaker Brazil squad. Dunga's squad also won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa on June 28, 2009. The team came back from a 2-0 deficit against the United States to emerge victorious from a Lúcio header in the 84th minute that made the score 3-2.

Games of the Brazil national team led by Dunga

Date Type of Match Location Result
August 16, 2006 International Friendly Oslo (NOR) Norway 1-1 Brazil
September 3, 2006 International Friendly London (ENG) Brazil 3-0 Argentina
September 5, 2006 International Friendly London (ENG) Wales 0-2 Brazil
October 7, 2006 International Friendly Kuwait City (KUW) Kuwait 0-4 Brazil
October 10, 2006 International Friendly Stockholm (SWE) Brazil 2-1 Ecuador
November 15, 2006 International Friendly Basel (SWI) Switzerland 1-2 Brazil
February 6, 2007 International Friendly London (ENG) Portugal 2-0 Brazil
March 24, 2007 International Friendly Gothenburg (SWE) Chile 0-4 Brazil
March 27, 2007 International Friendly Stockholm (SWE) Ghana 0-1 Brazil
June 1, 2007 International Friendly London (ENG) England 1-1 Brazil
June 5, 2007 International Friendly Dortmund (GER) Turkey 0-0 Brazil
June 27, 2007 Copa América Puerto Ordaz (VEN) Brazil 0-2 Mexico
July 1, 2007 Copa América Maturín (VEN) Brazil 3-0 Chile
July 4, 2007 Copa América Puerto la Cruz (VEN) Brazil 1-0 Ecuador
July 7, 2007 Copa América Puerto la Cruz (VEN) Chile 1-6 Brazil
July 10, 2007 Copa América Maracaibo (VEN) Uruguay 2-2 Brazil
July 15, 2007 Copa América Maracaibo (VEN) Brazil 3-0 Argentina
August 22, 2007 International Friendly Montpellier (FRA) Algeria 0-2 Brazil
September 9, 2007 International Friendly Chicago (USA) United States 2-4 Brazil
September 12, 2007 International Friendly Boston (USA) Mexico 1-3 Brazil
October 14, 2007 World Cup Qualifying Bogotá (COL) Colombia 0-0 Brazil
October 17, 2007 World Cup Qualifying Rio de Janeiro (BRA) Brazil 5-0 Ecuador
November 18, 2007 World Cup Qualifying Lima (PER) Peru 1-1 Brazil
November 21, 2007 World Cup Qualifying São Paulo (BRA) Brazil 2-1 Uruguay
February 6, 2008 International Friendly Dublin (IRE) Ireland 0-1 Brazil
March 26, 2008 International Friendly London (ENG) Sweden 0-1 Brazil
May 31, 2008 International Friendly Seattle (USA) Canada 2-3 Brazil
June 6, 2008 International Friendly Boston (USA) Brazil 0-2 Venezuela
June 14, 2008 World Cup Qualifying Asuncion (PAR) Paraguay 2-0 Brazil
June 18, 2008 World Cup Qualifying Belo Horizonte (BRA) Brazil 0-0 Argentina
September 7, 2008 World Cup Qualifying Santiago (CHI) Chile 0-3 Brazil
September 10, 2008 World Cup Qualifying Rio de Janeiro (BRA) Brazil 0-0 Bolivia
October 12, 2008 World Cup Qualifying San Cristóbal (VEN) Venezuela 0-4 Brazil
October 15, 2008 World Cup Qualifying Rio de Janeiro (BRA) Brazil 0-0 Colombia
November 19, 2008 International Friendly Brasília (BRA) Brazil 6-2 Portugal
February 10, 2009 International Friendly London (ENG) Brazil 2-0 Italy
March 29, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Quito (ECU) Ecuador 1-1 Brazil
April 1, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Porto Alegre (BRA) Brazil 3-0 Peru
June 6, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Montevideo (URU) Uruguay 0-4 Brazil
June 10, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Recife (BRA) Brazil 2-1 Paraguay
June 15, 2009 Confederations Cup Bloemfontein (RSA) Brazil 4-3 Egypt
June 18, 2009 Confederations Cup Pretoria (RSA) United States 2-3 Brazil
June 21, 2009 Confederations Cup Pretoria (RSA) Italy 0-3 Brazil
June 25, 2009 Confederations Cup Johannesburg (RSA) Brazil 1-0 South Africa
June 28, 2009 Confederations Cup Johannesburg (RSA) United States 2-3 Brazil
August 12, 2009 International Friendly Tallinn (EST) Estonia 0-1 Brazil
September 5, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Rosario (ARG) Argentina 1-3 Brazil
September 9, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Salvador (BRA) Brazil 4-2 Chile
October 11, 2009 World Cup Qualifying La Paz (BOL) Bolivia 2-1 Brazil
October 14, 2009 World Cup Qualifying Campo Grande (BRA) Brazil 0-0 Venezuela
November 14, 2009 International Friendly Doha (QAT) England 0-1 Brazil
November 17, 2009 International Friendly Muscat (OMN) Oman 0-2 Brazil
March 2, 2010 International Friendly London (ENG) Brazil 2-0 Ireland

Games of the Brazil Olympic national team led by Dunga

Date Type of Match Location Result
July 28, 2008 International Friendly Singapore City (SIN) Singapore 0-3 Brazil
August 1, 2008 International Friendly Hanoi (VIE) Vietnam 0-2 Brazil
August 7, 2008 Olympic Games Shenyang (CHN) Brazil 1-0 Belgium
August 10, 2008 Olympic Games Shenyang (CHN) New Zealand 0-5 Brazil
August 13, 2008 Olympic Games Qinhuangdao (CHN) China PR 0-3 Brazil
August 16, 2008 Olympic Games Shenyang (CHN) Brazil 2-0 Cameroon
August 19, 2008 Olympic Games Beijing (CHN) Argentina 3-0 Brazil
August 22, 2008 Olympic Games Shanghai (CHN) Brazil 3-0 Belgium



Vasco da Gama
Júbilo Iwata
Brazil U-20



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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lothar Matthäus
(West Germany)
FIFA World Cup
winning captain

Succeeded by
Didier Deschamps
Preceded by
Brazil Carlos Alberto Parreira
FIFA Confederations Cup winning manager
Succeeded by

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Personal information
Full name Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri
Date of birth 31 October 1963 (1963-10-31) (age 47)
Place of birth    Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Midfielder (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
Vasco da Gama
Júbilo Iwata
National team
1987-1998 Brazil
Teams managed
2006-2010 Brazil

Dunga (born 31 October 1963) is a former Brazilian football player. He has played for Brazil national team. Now he is the coach of Brazil national team.

Club career statistics


Club Performance League CupLeague CupTotal
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League CupTotal
1982InternacionalSérie A1010
1985CorinthiansSérie A131131
1986SantosSérie A161161
1987Vasco da GamaSérie A171171
ItalyLeague Coppa Italia League CupTotal
1987/88PisaSerie A232232
1988/89FiorentinaSerie A303303
1992/93PescaraSerie A233233
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal Premiere LigapokalTotal
JapanLeague Emperor's Cup J. League CupTotal
1995Júbilo IwataJ. League 125120-271
BrazilLeague Copa do Brasil League CupTotal
1999InternacionalSérie A151151
CountryBrazil 714714
Italy 1701317013
Germany 537537
Japan 99163024112617
Total 393403024142041

International career statistics

Brazil national team



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