Brazil Head Coach Dunga to manage Seleção Olympic side at Rio 2016 following Alexandre Gallo dismissalBrazil Head Coach Dunga (L) talks with the President of Brazilian Football Confederation, Marco Polo Del Nero, after naming his squad for the 2015 Copa América, on 5th May, 2015
Brazil Head Coach Dunga will manage the Seleção’s Olympic side at Rio 2016, following the dismissal of Alexandre Gallo.
A statement released by the Brazilian Football Confederation [CBF] confirmed that Dunga would fill the void left by Gallo, who was relieved of his duties after leading Brazil’s under-17 and under-20 sides since February 2013.
“The Olympic squad will be led by Dunga until the 2016 Olympics," read the CBF press release, as reported by website NDTV Sports.
Dunga now has a chance to lead Brazil to their first ever Summer Olympics victory. The tournament is the only international football competition that they are yet to win.
At London 2012, the Seleção, under the guidance of Mano Menezes, reached the final, but were defeated 2-1 by Mexico.
Playing on home soil will be an added pressure for Dunga, who also has the Copa América to compete for between 11th June and 4th July of this year.
Gallo losing his job also effects Brazil’s preparations for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, which takes place from 30th May to 20th June.
His place for that tournament has now been taken by Rogério Micale, who has worked with Figueirense and Atlético Mineiro’s U-19 teams, as well as at Grêmio Barueri.