Dunga gets it in the neck as Brazil draw 0-0 with Argentina

June 19, 2008 at 00:55 5 comments


Yes, Dunga does actually mean Dopey!

Brazil coach Dunga came in for it once again as Brazil failed to beat their archenemies Argentina on Wednesday night.

The troubled coach did get some support though from the travelling Argentine fans inside the estádio Mineiro who brandished placards with ‘Stay Dunga’ written on them.

But the pressure is certainly mounting as this was Brazil’s third game in a row without a win, and more worryingly; the third without a goal.

Brazil are now in fourth in the table but could drop to fifth if there is a winner in the match between Venezuela and Chile on Thursday.

The game.

Following the criticism levelled at him after the inept display against Paraguay, Dunga made three changes to the starting line-up. In came Anderson, Júlio Baptista and Adriano in place of Josué, Diego and Luís Fabiano.

The match got off to a fairly tepid start as Brazil enjoyed the opening exchanges without really threatening Abbondanzieri in the Argentine goal.

There was, however, plenty of interest for new Inter Milan coach José Mourinho who was in the stands. But he could have been forgiven for nodding off, as the two sides cancelled each other out in the middle of the park.

While Brazil demonstrated a greater willingness to put themselves about than they had against Paraguay, there was still little end product.

The first decent opportunity for either side came 16 minutes in when Julio Cruz headed straight at Brazil keeper, Júlio César

Suddenly, the game livened up with Abbondanzieri having to make a superb one-handed stop to deny Júlio Baptista who looked certain to score.

Robinho then went on a mazy run around Argentina’s area before finally squandering possession – much to the annoyance of the onlooking Adriano.

Argentina had been quiet. Though just before half-time; Messi got away from his markers but fired well off target.

A committed, if not inspired, performance by Brazil was rewarded by a crescendo of boos at the interval – something they are starting to get used to.

The first chance in the second-period fell to the cumbersome Julio Cruz who wasted another great chance after he blazed over from close range.

Brazil responded when Júlio Baptista then tested Abbondanzieri with a long-range free kick.

But as the second-period wore on, Dunga came in for increased flak from many of the fans inside the Mineirão. And they were upset even further when the ineffective Adriano came off for Luís Fabiano around the 70 minute mark.

As it was, the substitute was soon in action setting up Júlio Baptista who spurned yet another opportunity.

With 12 minutes remaining, the time would have been right for the introduction of Alexandre Pato. But Dunga exasperated just about everyone by bringing on right-back Daniel Alves for Diego.

In stoppage time, Messi almost snatched it for Argentina but hammered his shot straight at Júlio César.

Despite calls for his head, one suspects that Dunga would have been secretly happy with the result against one of the world’s toughest teams. But if Brazil fail to beat Chile on 6th September, then Dunga’s time might be up.

Best moments here

Brazil 0-0 Argentina

Stadium: Mineirão, Belo Horizonte (MG), Brazil
Date: 18 June 2008

Attendance: 52,527
Referee: Óscar Ruiz (COL)
Assistants: Wilson Berrío (COL) e Rafael Riva (COL)

Brazil: Júlio César, Maicon, Juan, Lúcio, Gilberto; Mineiro, Gilberto Silva, Anderson (Diego) (Daniel Alves), Julio Baptista; Robinho, Adriano (Luis Fabiano)
Coach: Dunga

Argentina: Abbondanzieri, Burdisso, Coloccini, Heinze; Zanetti, Mascherano, Gago, Riquelme (Battaglia), Gutierrez; Messi (Palacio), Cruz (Agüero)
Coach: Alfio Basile



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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. frost  |  June 19, 2008 at 11:02

    Thanks, Jon — appreciate your observations/analysis. Yet, seems to me that if Dunga had any self-respect, he’d resign, like maybe a week or two ago. He’s an embarrassment, and I’m not from Barsil (yet!!!)! Still, I’m not surprised at the result. Fortunately for Brasil, Argentina didn’t need a victory.

  • 2. Samara  |  June 23, 2008 at 15:58

    Dunga needs time. Every Brazilian is a coach and if the subject is soccer, we are very passionate and impatient. We also have bad memory, does anyone remember Copa America? I think he needs time and he will do a good job. No one can be worst than Parreira!

  • 3. Ed Nazario  |  June 23, 2008 at 20:20

    What’s up gringo!!!
    Hey my thing is Dunga is too cumbersome to be in the position he is in. He does not understand marketing, he does not understand politics and overall he doesn’t understand football. The reason why he is so much in trouble at the moment is because he decided to mess with the people who give CBF the most money they get for their product, that product being the Brazilian National Team. He went after TV Globo and now we have even FASTAO, making negative comments about Dunga on his own show. Never mess with the hand which signs the checks..hehe… DUNGA IS OUT!!! it is just a matter of waiting for the right moment to announce it..

  • 4. pitacodogringo  |  June 24, 2008 at 13:33

    Fala Ed!

    I was listening to radio Jovem Pan yesterday and they said that apparently Ricardo Teixeira was concerned that Dunga was too stressed at the moment. The presenters also said that Dunga is the first Brazilian coach to challenge Globo over access to the players. Right now, Globo can interview players just about any time they want but Dunga wants to limit the number of interviews his athletes are obliged to give – especially the late night/early morning sessions. But this is all a sideshow. The real problem is the style of football Brazil are producing under the coach. Dunga’s far too cautious and way too defensive and simple doesn’t know what to do with the assets he’s got. By the way, Dunga was booed again over the weekend after the Olympic team beat a Carioca eleven 1×0. Only 11,000 people turned up and 4000 of these were guests!!

  • 5. Ed Nazario  |  June 25, 2008 at 02:38

    Hey Jon, the 4000 guest were sent there to boo him again…
    hahaha.. Where is bichajara and his weak ass cu-rintia????


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