Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Even coach is surprised by selection
by Paul Kennedy, July 26th, 2010 12:28AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  brazil

MOST COMMENTED

[BRAZIL] Mano Menezes says he always dreamed of coaching Brazil, but even he was surprised he got the job. He must rebuild the national team after its early exit at the 2010 World Cup and create the foundation for the team that will host the 2014 finals. His first test? A friendly against the USA on Aug. 10 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.

The top choice of the Brazilian federation (CBF) to replace much-criticized Dunga was Muricy Ramalho of Fluminense.

Ramalho, who led Sao Paulo to three consecutive Campeonato Brasileiro's Serie A titles (2006-08), once said it would be a "joke" to turn down the Brazil job, but Flu management refused to release him.

The move was viewed as a slap in the face to the CBF, already reeling from Brazil's poor 2010 World Cup and problems with its organization of the 2014 World Cup.

Sports daily Lance! described the selection process as an example of "the amateurism and improvisation of the actions of the CBF and its directors with things of real importance to our soccer."

Menezes didn't mind if he wasn't the No. 1 choice.

"We must have 30, 40 or 50 excellent professionals in Brazil," he said, "so if I'm second on the list, that's fine by me."

Menezes was coaching Corinthians, but its president, Andres Sanchez, released Menezes from his contract.

"I am not one to stand in the way of a professional advancing in his career," Sanchez said. "I would never do anything to destroy the dreams of a human being, especially one like Mano, who has helped our team so much."

Mano, 48, is known for his work rebuilding teams, first Gremio and now Corinthians, both hugely popular clubs floundering in the Campeonato Brasileiro's Serie B (second division) when he took over.

Mano led Corinthians to the 2009 Copa Brasil title.

On Monday, he will announce the team that will face the USA.

His major short-term task will be to lead Brazil in its defense of the Copa America next year in Argentina.

Few imagine that Mano will survive four years and coach Brazil when it hosts the 2014 World Cup.

Brazil has never won the World Cup when its coach has served a full four-year cycle. Only Carlos Alberto Parreira, coach of Brazil when it won the 1994 World Cup, had been in charge as long as three years.

 

All four other championship coaches were in their first or second year at the helm.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: Angel Di Maria hits marvelous free kick    
Paris Saint-Germain stayed on track for a fourth straight French Cup title with 4-1 semifinal win ...
MLS Moves: Ian Harkes doesn't stray from D.C. backyard    
Missing out on a MAC Hermann Award winner who just happens to be the son of ...
MLS Expansion: San Diego stadium part of $1B project    
Timing is everything, and Sunday's USA-Serbia friendly at Qualcomm Stadium will give proponents of an MLS ...
MLS Camp Chatter: Diskerud not in NYCFC mix    
U.S. international Mix Diskerud, who did not play for New York City FC after June 2 ...
USMNT: Three players depart January camp    
FC Dallas midfielder Kellyn Acosta and defender Matt Hedges both left the U.S. men's national team ...
What They're Saying: CAF spokesperson Junior Binyam    
"CAF has taken action but we can't certify 100 percent it will not happen again. Even ...
Video Pick: Goals Galore by Wayne Rooney    
Sky Sports put together a compilation of Wayne Rooney's best goals for Everton, Manchester United and ...
Roster: Namazi calls in 28 for U.S. U-18 boys camp    
Coach Omid Namazi has named a 28-player roster for the first U.S. U-18 boys national team ...
Christian Pulisic extends his Borussia Dortmund contract    
Christian Pulisic, whose original contract with Borussia Dortmund ran through the 2018-19 season, has signed a ...
What They're Saying: Adam Straith    
"I had never even worn keeper gloves. That was the first time. I think you could ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives