Euro 2016

Brazil sack Dunga again, Tite touted to take over

Having claimed after Brazil's group stage exit that he only feared death and not the sack, Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga will have to seek employment elsewhere after failing to rouse the Selecao in their miserable Copa campaign, with the t
Having claimed after Brazil's group stage exit that he only feared death and not the sack, Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning captain Dunga will have to seek employment elsewhere after failing to rouse the Selecao in their miserable Copa campaign, with the team unable to score in two of three group games. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

RIO DE JANEIRO • Brazil were left searching for a new coach yesterday, weeks away from hosting the Olympics after Dunga was dismissed for a second time. He was previously axed after the Selecao's 2010 World Cup exit.

The state of turmoil in the national football team set-up was highlighted when there was no immediate announcement of a replacement, with Brazilian media speculating that Tite, coach of Sao Paulo side Corinthians, could take over.

Brazil are keen to win the football gold for the first time at August's Rio Olympics.

The Brazilian Football Confederation said in a statement it decided to fire Dunga and "dissolve the Brazilian national team's coaching staff" following their humiliating group-stage elimination from the Copa America Centenario.

It was the second major setback for the country, after their 7-1 World Cup semi-final thrashing by Germany on home soil in 2014.

Speculation swirled earlier this week that Dunga was on his way out, although he had said he was not afraid of the sack, only death.

The 52-year-old had called for patience, insisting the five-time World Cup champions were at an early stage of a transitional period.

Tite, 55, led Corinthians to a double of the regional Copa Libertadores and Club World Cup in 2012. The following year his side won the Copa Sudamericana.

On Tuesday, Argentina maintained their 100 per cent start to the Copa America Centenario with a 3-0 win over Bolivia.

The tournament favourites, already assured of a quarter-final berth after wins over Chile and Panama, wrapped up their Group D campaign with a one-sided win at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.

The victory, with talisman Lionel Messi coming on as a second-half substitute, handed them what in theory should be a straightforward assignment against Venezuela in Foxborough on Saturday.

Earlier, holders Chile advanced to the quarter-finals with a 4-2 victory over Panama and Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez scoring twice.

They will face Mexico in the pick of the quarter-finals on Saturday.

However, they will be keen to iron out kinks in their defensive display which saw them concede two cheap goals.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2016, with the headline 'Brazil sack Dunga again, Tite touted to take over'. Print Edition | Subscribe