Top facts about Dunga, Dopey

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Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri, better known by his nickname Carlos Dunga or Dunga, is a Brazilian soccer coach and a retired defensive midfielder. Read on to find out more facts about Dunga.

The first fact about Dunga is that he is one of only two men in history to have appeared in a World Cup final, an Olympic final, a Confederations Cup final, and a continental championship final, with


. He served as Brazil's head coach on two occasions.

Brazil won the 1994 FIFA World Cup under his leadership, and he was awarded the trophy.

Dunga’s age

is 58. Here you can find out the most important facts about Dunga, the legendary former player.

He led them to victories in the 2007 Copa América and 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as reaching the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, before being sacked by the Brazilian Football Confederation.

He was re-appointed in 2014, but was fired in June 2016 after Brazil's early withdrawal from the Copa América Centenario. In 2013, he was also the head coach of Internacional.

His nickname comes from the Portuguese translation of "Dopey," a dwarf from the Disney rendition of Snow White, and was assigned to him by his uncle because of his tiny stature when he was younger.

It was assumed that he would grow up to be a short adult, and the moniker stuck with him even as he got taller. He has Italian and German ancestors.

An important

fact about Dunga

is that he was named to the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 1994 and 1998. He won the J. League Most Valuable Member and J. League Best Eleven awards in 1997. In 2010, Dunga was awarded the "Golden Foot" as a football legend.

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On 5 September 2014, Dunga's first match as Brazil's manager was a friendly match against 2014 World Cup quarter-finalists Colombia at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, which Brazil won 1–0 thanks to a Neymar free-kick goal in the 83rd minute.

Dunga then went on to win over Ecuador (1–0), Argentina (2–0) in the 2014 Superclásico de las Américas, Japan (4–0), Turkey (0–4), and


(1–2). In another friendly, Dunga resumed Brazil's winning run in 2015 by beating France 3–1. They then went on to win 1–0 against Chile, 2–0 against Mexico, and 1–0 against Honduras.

Brazil began the tournament with a 2–1 comeback win against Peru (with Douglas Costa scoring in the closing seconds), followed by a 1–0 loss to Colombia and a 2–1 triumph over Venezuela.

Brazil was eliminated in the knockout round after drawing 1–1 in regular time and losing 4–3 in the penalty shootout. As a result, for the first time in over 20 years, Brazil failed to qualify for a FIFA Confederations Cup (in this instance, the 2017 edition).

Brazil drew 0-0 with Ecuador to start the tournament, with Ecuador having a goal controversially disallowed in the second half.

The next game was a 7–1 thrashing of Haiti, with Philippe Coutinho scoring a hat-trick. Brazil lost 1–0 against Peru, despite just needing a draw to go to the knockout round of the tournament. Ral Ruidaz scored by directing the ball into the net with his arm.

Brazil was eliminated from the competition in the group stage for the first time since 1987 after losing to Peru for the first time since 1985. The CBF sacked him on June 14, 2016.

Dunga style of play

Dunga fluctuated between playing as a holding midfielder and a box-to-box midfielder throughout his early career and into his mid-twenties.

He was equally efficient in both roles since he was a mobile player with outstanding endurance who could move forward fast to help his team's attacks while still possessing all of the traits associated with holding-role midfielders (vision, range of passing, solidity in the tackle, etc).

Dunga eventually became more specialized in the holding-role as he progressed through his mid-twenties. When he tackled, he was incredibly successful in defending his team's defensive line and was exceptionally sure-footed.

His skill as a defensive midfielder was so advanced that he could often make a tackle and play a layoff to one of his teammates with the same touch of the ball. His economy of technique was a distinguishing feature of his game; he virtually always executed things as simply as possible.

When other midfielders may touch the ball three or four times, Dunga would only touch it twice, a habit made feasible by his excellent first touch.

To stretch the opposition's defenders and midfielders, he believed in swift ball circulation, therefore he passed the ball on quickly rather than lingering on it.

His short passing was nearly always immaculate, owing to his extraordinary poise on the ball while under pressure from opponents, and his mastery of shielding the ball with his upper body. He only handed the ball away on rare occasions.

When making long passes, he also displayed outstanding vision and precise precision. He has the intellect, work ethic, athleticism, and technical ability to play as both a midfield ball-winner and a deep-lying playmaker. He is recognized as one of the all-time best defensive midfielders.

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Dunga believed that then Barcelona star Neymar was the best footballer in the world in 2015, and even better than Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

In 1983, he made his international debut in the u-20 World Cup. Dunga led the youthful Brazilian team to victory in the tournament final against Argentina.

He helped Brazil capture a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles a year later. Dunga was then called up for Brazil's national team, who won the Copa America in 1989 by beating Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium.

A notable fact about Dunga is that he began the 1990 World Cup for Brazil as a starter. After a lackluster tournament, Dunga was considered more accountable than his squad for the weakest World Cup effort since 1966.

In the years that followed, he would be repeatedly criticized by the Brazilian press for his allegedly thuggish style of play. This time in Brazilian football history was dubbed "Era Dunga" by fans and media, who saw him as a symbol of the team's less-than-exciting, plodding, and defensive approach.

Despite this, Dunga was maintained in the starting XI by Brazil's new coach, Carlos Alberto Parreira, throughout the 1994 World Cup Qualifiers and Finals.

Ra began the 1994 World Cup as Brazil's captain, but after being accused of being responsible for the team's dismal performance, he was replaced by Mazinho. Dunga was named captain and led his team to victory.

Four years later, despite playing in Japan's lower-level J. League, he lead Brazil to another World Cup final, this time losing 0-3 to France. In each of the following years, he scored once: 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 1997.

An important

fact about Dunga

is that he was one of the candidates to succeed Vanderlei Luxemburgo as Brazil's national coach in 2000, but he turned down the chance because he didn't like the way the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was run.

Carlos Caetano Bledorn Verri is Dunga's full name. Dunga was born on October 31, 1963. Due to his tiny height as a youngster, his uncle gave him the moniker Dopey, which is drawn from the Portuguese translation of Dopey, a dwarf from the Disney version of the Snow White story.

It was assumed that he would grow up to be a short adult, and the moniker stuck with him even after he grew up to be a 1.76m player.

Dunga early life

Dunga was born in Ijui, Brazil, on October 1, 1963. When it comes to his nationality, Dunga is a Brazilian with Italian and German ancestors.

Speaking about

Dunga’s childhood

, it should be mentioned that because of his tiny stature, he was given the moniker Dunga by his uncle when he was a youngster. There is no information regarding

Dunga’s parents


His moniker was given to him early on, and one gets the impression that his tough guy character is a response to it. He has conditioned himself to accept and even relish assaults, as well as the retaliatory occasion, after a childhood of verbal abuse.

If his childhood pals dubbed him Dunga—and it's true that as he gets older, his drooping cheeks resemble Snow White's pint-sized companion—the Brazilian press took up the cause of taunting him.

Dunga personal life

Evanir Verri, Dunga's longtime girlfriend, married him. Gabriela Verri, the couple's daughter, and sons Lucas and Mateo Verri, are the parents of three adult children. Evanier is a sociologist who was born in Porto Alegre.

Dunga is enjoying a happy life with his wife and children, free of any new or rumored conflicts, separations, or divorces.

Dunga professional career

Dunga’s international career began in 1983 at the u-20 World Cup. Dunga captained the young Brazilian squad, winning the tournament against


in the final.

A year later, he helped Brazil to win a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Dunga then started to get calls for Brazil's main squad, winning the 1989 Copa America by defeating Uruguay at the Maracana Stadium.

Dunga’s playing career

Dunga began his football career as a defensive midfielder with Internacional Porto Alegre. With Internacional he won the state championship of Rio Grande do Sul three times in a row from 1982 to 1984 before moving to Corinthians São Paulo.

Santos, Vasco da Gama and Italian clubs

He came to CR Vasco da Gama via FC Santos and in 1987 won the national championship of Rio de Janeiro with the team. In 1987 he moved to Italy to be promoted to Serie A, Pisa Calcio. After achieving relegation with Pisa, he joined AC Florence the following year, for whom he played until 1992 and made it to the UEFA Cup final in the 1989/90 season.

VfB Stuttgart, Júbilo Iwata and retirement

In the 1992/93 season he played for a year at Pescara Calcio before

VfB Stuttgart

signed the then 29-year-old Dunga in the summer of 1993 for four million marks from the Italian first division relegated.

After finishing seventh and twelfth and 53 Bundesliga games, in which he scored seven goals for VfB, he moved to Júbilo Iwata in the Japanese J. League in the summer of 1995 for a fee of two million marks.

With Júbilo Iwata, Dunga won his first and only national championship title in his career in 1997. From 1999 to 2000 he let his active career end with his parent club Internacional Porto Alegre in Brazil.

Dunga international career

Dunga made 91 appearances for Brazil, netting six goals in the process. In 1983, he made his international debut in the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

An important fact about Dunga is that he led the youthful Brazilian team to victory in the tournament final against Argentina. He helped Brazil earn a silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, a year later. Dunga was then called up to Brazil's senior team, and in 1989, he won the Copa América by beating


at the Maracan Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

A notable

fact about Dunga

is that he was a starter for Brazil in the 1990 FIFA World Cup, and he was considered more accountable than his colleagues for the team's worst World Cup campaign since 1966, after a mediocre tournament and the squad's subsequent elimination in the second round by archrivals Argentina.

In the years that followed, he was often criticized by the Brazilian press for his allegedly "thuggish" style of play. This time in Brazilian football history was dubbed "Era Dunga" by fans and media because he typified the team's less-than-thrilling, sluggish, gritty, direct, and defensive style, which had been abandoned in favor of a more exciting attacking approach.

Dunga's ability to break down play and launch assaults with his passing allowed him to play the anchor position in midfield exceedingly well.

Many other players in this position leapt into tackles and threw themselves about, but Dunga seldom went to the ground to make a tackle, preferring to win battles and return the ball with his anticipation and timing.

Despite his terrible reputation, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Brazil's new coach, maintained Dunga in the starting XI for the 1994 World Cup qualifiers and finals.

Ra began the 1994 World Cup in the United States as the Brazilian team's captain, but after being accused of being responsible for Brazil's dismal results early in the tournament, he was finally replaced by Mazinho. Dunga took over as captain and led the team to victory.

Following a 0–0 tie after extra time, Dunga scored the third penalty shot in the shootout triumph against Italy in the final. According to FIFA.com, the paucity of forward play in the tournament final versus Italy was due in part to solid holding midfield play by both Italy's Dino Baggio and Brazil's Dunga and Mauro Silva.

Dunga remained the captain of the Brazilian national team for the following four years, until the 1998 FIFA World Cup, in which he competed while playing in the Japanese J. League, which at the time was considered a lesser level of professional football.

The conflicts and lack of collaboration among the Brazilian squad during the 1998 edition of the event were prominent. It was frequently evident on the field, like when Dunga got into a confrontation with teammate Bebeto in the first round encounter against Morocco, requiring the rest of the squad to intervene.

Despite these setbacks, Brazil advanced to the tournament final, where they were defeated 3–0 by hosts


. Dunga scored his team's fourth penalty shot in a shootout triumph against the Netherlands in the semi-finals on route to the final.

Dunga coaching career

Despite having no previous coaching experience at the professional level, Dunga was selected as the new national coach of the Brazil national team on July 24, 2006, to replace Carlos Alberto Parreira.Despite this, he has had a strong start with Brazil, winning four of his first five games.


Dunga's first match in charge came against Norway on August 16, 2006, in Oslo, which finished in a 1–1 draw. On September 3rd, he played archrival Argentina at Arsenal's new Emirates Stadium in London, and


triumphed 3–0.

Brazil then beat Wales 2–0 at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium on September 5. They went on to win 4–0 against Kuwaiti side Al-Kuwait, 2–1 against Ecuador, and 2–1 against Switzerland.

Dunga didn't simply hunt for players at big clubs; he scoured the whole continent, discovering individual talents like Daniel Carvalho, Vágner Love, and Dudu Cearense of Russian club CSKA Moscow, as well as local Brazilian teams like Corinthians, Flamengo, and So Paulo.

Dunga led Brazil to their second consecutive Copa América triumph in 2007, defeating Argentina 3–0 in the final, despite Argentina being strongly predicted to win against a weaker Brazil team. On June 28, 2009, Dunga's team also won the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

The squad overcame a 2–0 deficit against the United States thanks to an Lcio header in the 84th minute, which made the score 3–2.

Brazil advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they were defeated 2–1 by the Netherlands after leading the game 1–0. Dunga declared his resignation as coach after Brazil's elimination from the tournament, but he was fired by CBF on July 24, 2010.

Many people, including famed Brazilian player Pelé, questioned Dunga's 2010 World Cup choices. Alexandre Pato and


, according to


, should have been included in the team.

Dunga signed a deal with Qatari club Al-Rayyan as a successor for Paulo Autuori on August 29, 2011, however Al Rayyan chose to choose another coach after Dunga claimed he was "not sure" about the role.


Dunga was named the new coach of Internacional on December 12, 2012, where he began and ended his playing career. He was sacked on October 3, 2013, after a string of defeats left the gacho squad in disarray. During the 2014 World Cup, Dunga worked as a pundit for IRIB.


Dunga was named Brazil's next manager on July 22, 2014, succeeding

Luiz Felipe Scolari

. For the first time since Brazil's World Cup elimination in 2010, he returned to the job.

Dunga was chosen the new national coach of the Brazilian national team on July 24, 2006, as a replacement for Carlos Alberto Parreira, despite having no previous professional coaching experience. He, on the other hand, had a strong start with Brazil, winning four of his first five games.

Brazil advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they were defeated 2–1 by the


after leading the game 1–0. Dunga declared his retirement as coach after Brazil's elimination from the tournament, but CBF fired him on July 24, 2010.

Dunga said immediately after his re-appointment as Brazil's head coach that, no matter how much football advances, some truisms cannot be refuted. He said flatly, "Every coach starts by organizing things from the back."

"Germany were always structured," he said of the World Cup champions, implying that defensive organization is the foundation for success, not flashy footwork 40 meters away.

As a coach, he won the Copa America 2007 and the Confederations Cup in 2009 with Brazil. At the Soccer World Cup 2010 Dunga was eliminated with the national team in the quarter-finals and thus missed the goal of winning the title, clearly, whereupon he resigned. From 2014 to 2016 he was the Seleção coach for the second time.

An important fact about Dunga is that he got his nickname "Dunga" from his uncle after the dwarf Dunga, one of the seven dwarfs from the Portuguese version of the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. In Brazil he is also called "o alemão" (the German). He has Italian ancestors and a German grandmother.

A notable fact about Dunga is that he was considered by Época magazine as one of the 100 most influential Brazilians in 2009. Dunga has German and Italian ancestry.

Revealed at Internacional in 1983, Dunga always drew attention for his leadership on the field. Steering wheel in the markings, he didn't hesitate to try throws to his teammates in front, nor to deliver powerful kicks with his right leg.

Dunga returned to Internacional, where he scored three goals in his last spell. He was decisive in the last round of the 1999 Brazilian Championship when he scored the goal that freed Colorado from relegation against Palmeiras. In 2000 he scored his last goal against 15 de Novembro, a game in which Inter won 3-0.

His international career began in 1983 at the U20 World Cup in Mexico. With Dunga as captain, Brazil became world junior champions by beating Argentina 1-0 in the final in front of 110,000 spectators at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City.

A year later, Dunga won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles with the Brazilian Olympic selection. Then he was appointed to the Brazilian senior team.

With the national team he won the Copa America in 1989 and took part in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where his sober and result-oriented football was seen as one of the main scapegoats after the knockout in the round of 16 against Argentina.

When Dunga was initially no longer nominated for the Brazilian national team after leaving the World Cup in 1990, Carlos Alberto Parreira brought him back to the Seleção in the run-up to the 1994 World Cup.

In the title fights in the USA he was the captain of the team that won the fourth World Cup for Brazil 24 years after the last triumph.

In 1997 he won the Copa America for the second time with the Brazilian national team. A year later he played his third World Cup at the 1998 World Cup in France.

At the side of his longtime companion Taffarel drew Dunga again in the final. After a total of 91 international matches and six goals for Brazil, he ended his career in the Seleção with a 3-0 draw in the final against hosts France.

An important fact about Dunga is that he became the coach of the Brazilian national team on July 24, 2006. He thus succeeded Carlos Alberto Parreira, who resigned after the disappointing performance of the Brazilian team at the 2006 World Cup, without any coaching experience.

He made his debut as coach of the Seleção on August 16 in the friendly against


in Oslo, which ended in a 1-1 draw. In 2007, the Brazilian team that won two years earlier was defending Copa America. After a 6-1 quarter-final win over


, the Seleção reached the final with a win on penalties against Uruguay. There the Brazilians prevailed 3-0 against arch rivals Argentina.

As the winners of the Copa America, Brazil qualified for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, beating the United States 3-2 in the final.

After the Seleção had relegated Portugal, which was originally a favorite, to second place in the preliminary round of the 2010 World Cup and defeated Chile in the round of 16, Dunga’s team failed in the quarter-finals with a 2-1 defeat by the Netherlands.

Immediately after the game, he resigned from the position of national coach, the separation was confirmed on July 4, 2010 by the Brazilian Football Association.

A notable fact about Dunga is that he had pursued a new style in the national team towards a controlled, efficient game and thus a departure from the traditionally purely offensive style of play. Likewise, the way of playing, which was nice to look at in terms of football, but not always result-oriented, had taken a back seat.

Dunga had also done without stars such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato and Adriano. This realignment met with great criticism from the Brazilian public.

From December 2012 to October 2013, he coached his former club Internacional Porto Alegre. He won his first club title in May 2013 with the national championship in Rio Grande do Sul (final 2-1 against Juventude).

In October of the same year, he was released after a series of defeats. At the end of July 2014, Dunga was appointed coach of the Seleção for the second time, replacing Felipe Scolari.

In the 2015 Copa América in Chile, Brazil won the top spot and was eliminated from the quarter-finals on penalties


made. In May 2015 he again took over responsibility for preparing the Olympic team whose goal was to win the gold medal for the first time at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Following the departure of the group stage of the Copa America Centenario 2016 he was released by the Brazilian Football Federation. In the tournament of Rio eventually winning team was from Rogério Micale care.

Dunga social media


Dunga social media

, it should be mentioned that he does not have any pages on any social media platforms.

Dunga body measurements

Speaking about

Dunga body measurements

, it should be mentioned that the coach is 177 cm and 81 kg.

Dunga net worth and salary

Dunga makes $666,000 per year. As the head coach of the Brazilian National Team, he used to earn €2.5 million each year, plus a $500,000 incentive.

Dunga's net worth

is currently believed to be approximately $1.9 million. His fortune was amassed throughout the course of his professional career as a football coach.

Apart from that, Dunga makes a lot of money by endorsing well-known products such as Chevrolet in the United States. Dunga is enjoying a nice and expensive lifestyle because to his enormous money.

Dunga is involved in a financial dispute with Queens Park Rangers of England. He alleges that he lent £750,000 to QPR as an investor while the team was under prior ownership, but that the present owners refuse to return the money. QPR responded to the situation by stating that the check he paid to the club bounced, and that he is aware of this.

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