Dunga is out as coach of Brazil’s national soccer team.
The coach and his staff were fired Sunday, two days after Brazil was beaten by the Netherlands in the World Cup quarterfinals.
The announcement was made by the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF). The decision was widely expected after the 2-1 loss to the Dutch.
A new coach will be appointed before the end of the month, CBF said.
Former Brazil player Mano Menezes, AC Milan coach Leonardo and Wanderley Luxemburgo are being mentioned as potential successors to Dunga.
Luiz Felipe Scolari, who coached Brazil to its fifth World Cup title in 2002, had been mentioned as a successor, but he has signed a two-year deal to coach the Brazilian club Palmeiras.
The Nigerian Football Federation fired its two leaders, trying to appease the nation’s president.
In a statement, the federation’s executive committee said it fired president Sani Lulu and vice president Amanze Ugbulam, as well as a member of the federation’s technical committee. The statement said the committee wanted to apologize to all Nigerians over the team’s lackluster performance at the World Cup. Nigeria lost to Argentina, 1-0, in its Group B opener, then fell to Greece, 2-1.
That performance prompted Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan to suspend the national team from international competition for two years.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said he’s considering benching struggling striker Fernando Torres for its semifinal Wednesday against Germany. Still recovering from knee surgery in April, Torres has not scored in any of Spain’s five World Cup matches, rarely looking like a threat. … Argentina’s national team returned home to Buenos Aires on Sunday amid high security after an ugly exit from the World Cup. Police kept fans from reaching the capital’s international airport, blocking highway access within two miles. … Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has become a father, his website said, although the identity of the mother is being kept secret. Ronaldo is not married. … The Dutch will be without two suspended players, midfielder Nigel de Jong and defender Gregory van der Wiel, for Tuesday’s semifinal against Uruguay, but striker Robin van Persie (elbow) has been cleared to play.