Menezes Named As New Brazil Manager
Sunday, 25th July 2010 at 04:05am
The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) has named Corinthians manager Mano Menezes as the next Brazil national team coach following the dismissal of Dunga after Brazil's quarter final exit at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
The CBF have been searching for a new coach to lead the national side into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil since parting ways with Dunga after two Wesley Sneijder goals sent them crashing out of the finals.
Menezes was the CBF's second choice after Muricy Ramalho but had to turn their sights to the Corinthians boss after Fluminese insisted that Ramalho see out his contract which runs until 2012.
Menezes rose to prominence when he lead Gremio to the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie B in 2006 and took them to third place in their first season back in the Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A, earning the club a place in the 2007 Copa Libertadores.
After leaving Gremio, Menezes moved to Corinthians, another club whose fortunes had fallen hard times and found themselves in Serie B.
After one season in charge, Corinthians were promoted back to Serie A as champions and a year later the club scooped the Copa do Brasil and a place in the 2010 Copa Libertadores.
The decision was announced on the CBF's website which published a statement saying, "Mano Menezes was one of a shortlist of three coaches and had his name ratified after a conversation with (CBF president) Ricardo Teixeira, when he showed himself to be in tune with the rebuilding project drawn up by the CBF for the 2014 World Cup."
The third coach is believed to be former Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari, the man who lead the national team to World Cup glory in 2002.
Former Real Madrid and Brazil coach Wanderley Luxemburgo and ex AC Milan coach Leonardo were also thought to have been linked with the job.