By STEPHEN WADE
2014-07-22 11:01 PM
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil is bringing back Dunga to coach the national football team, four years after he last held the job.
Tuesday's hiring comes two weeks after Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.
The 50-year-old Dunga is replacing Luiz Felipe Scolari, who resigned last week after Brazil failed to win the football's premier event on its home soil. The Brazilian football confederation confirmed the appointment during a press conference at its headquarters in suburban Rio de Janeiro.
Dunga was the captain of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning team, and coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was dismissed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.
"He has shown his capacity to lead the Brazil team, not only in words but also in numbers, that he has all the requisites and the capacity to lead the Brazil team again," confederation president Jose Maria Marin said. "It was a decision made with the participation of everyone here at this table in a show of unity and total integration aimed at great conquests in the future."
Dunga was in charge of 60 matches as national team coach in his first stint. Brazil won 42, drew 12 and lost six.
Dunga came to the job for the first time in 2006 with no management experience. He was criticized for the team's physical style of play and conservative tactics.
Brazil's image took another battering in the 7-1 loss to Germany. Many said it was worse than Brazil's 2-1 loss to Uruguay in the final game of the 1950 World Cup, which was played at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.
The loss against Germany broke several records and was one of the worst in Brazil's history. The loss was also the first in a competitive match at home since 1975.
Associated Press writer Jenny Barchfield contributed to this report.