Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 22nd 2014 Contents RIO DE JANEIRO---Brazil is set to
name its new national team coach,
with reports suggesting Carlos Dunga
is likely to return to the post.
Brazil will announce a coach today
to succeed Luiz Felipe Scolari, who
resigned after Brazil failed to win the
World Cup---eliminated in a humiliating
7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals.
Reports say Dunga will get the job,
although the Brazilian football confed-
eration has declined to confirm the
Dunga was the captain of Brazil s
1994 World Cup-winning team, and
coached the national team in the 2010
World Cup in South Africa. He was
dismissed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the
quarterfinals to the Netherlands.
The Rio de Janeiro daily O Globo put
Dunga s face across the first page of
its sports section yesterday, under the
headline: "New Era: The Return of
"In a moment when the national
team seeks a lost identity, the national
federation rescues a symbol of football
and results," the paper wrote.
The Sao Paulo newspaper O Estado
De S.Paulo put a brief story on the
return on Dunga on its first page, and
inside ran the headline: "CBF Is Going
To Confirm Dunga Tomorrow (today)."
The return of Dunga seems to be
linked to the naming of Gilmar Rinaldi
as the new technical director, replacing
Carlos Alberto Parreira.
Rinaldi was a goalkeeper on the 94
team, and Globo said he and Dunga
had reached a quick agreement for the
former coach and captain to return.
The second choice for coach seems
to be Tite---Adenor Leonardo Bacchi---
the coach of Brazilian club side
Corinthians. He was an early favourite,
but slipped after Rinaldi was named.
Dunga was in charge of 60 matches
as national team coach. Brazil won 42,
drew 12 and lost six. (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Brazil to name
Dunga as coach MADRID---James Rodriguez,
the Colombia striker who was the
top scorer at the World Cup, is
closing in on a deal with Real
The 23-year-old Monaco for-
ward scored six goals in Brazil, in-
cluding a spectacular volley
against Uruguay in the second
Spanish sports newspaper As
said yesterday that Monaco had
agreed terms with Madrid, whose
president Florentino Perez had de-
layed his flight to Los Angeles
where the club's squad has some
Sports newspaper Marca, tradi-
tionally very close to Madrid's
boardroom, said Rodriguez is to
be presented to fans today.
Marca and As said Madrid had
agreed with Monaco a price of 80
million euros ($108 million) for
Rodriguez, and that the player
would join the squad on the first
day of August.
Madrid has already signed Ger-
many midfielder Toni Kroos for
Both Kroos and Rodriguez could
play in the European Super Cup
against Sevilla in Cardiff on Au-
As said Rodriguez had made a
brief stop-over in Madrid on Sun-
day and was spotted arriving back
at the city's international airport
on Monday morning. (AP)
Forward Rodriguez likely headed for Real Madrid
Patrice Evra has joined Juventus
from Manchester United for a fee that
could rise to £1.5million, the Serie A
club has announced.
The 33-year-old France international
has signed a two-year contract with the
Italian champions after ending his eight-
and-a-half year stint at Old Trafford.
A Juventus statement read: "Juventus
football club can today announce that
Patrice Evra has signed a two-year con-
tract with the club after a fee of £1.2mil-
lion, to be paid in two separate instal-
ments, was agreed with Manchester
"A further payment of £300,000 will
be made to Manchester United in the
event of Juventus qualifying for the
2015/16 Champions League."
Evra was closely linked with a move
to Juve earlier this summer but ended
up signing a one-year contract extension
with United in May, with his previous
deal poised to run out.
However, the experienced full-back,
who would have been competing for a
starting berth at United next season
against big-money summer signing Luke
Shaw, has now decided to move on any-
The popular former Monaco and Nice
defender bids farewell to the Red Devils
after nine hugely successful seasons that
saw him make 379 appearances and
help United win five Premier League
titles, three League Cups, the Champions
League and the Club World Cup.
He also deputised as United captain
in the absence of Nemanja Vidic, who
Evra could meet in Serie A next season
after the Serbian moved to Inter Milan
Evra said: "After a great deal of
thought I have decided the time is right
for me to leave Manchester United. It
is the biggest decision of my career as
this club is, and will always remain, in
"Joining and playing for Manchester
United has been a privilege, a dream
come true and my time here has been
"This club is steeped in history and
I feel privileged to have become a part
of that. I would like to thank everyone
at the club---team-mates, coaches and
in particular all the staff who made every
single day in Carrington or at Old Traf-
ford a special day.
"An immense thank you to Sir Alex
Ferguson for making it all possible, for
giving me the privilege to be a captain,
to be inspired by the legend of Man-
chester United and to understand that
nobody is bigger than the club.
"My biggest thanks go to the fans.
We have had some fantastic times
together, we lifted all of those trophies
together and that night in Moscow will
live with us all forever. Every single time
I stepped out in that shirt I knew I was
playing for the badge and for a very
"My passion for this club will live on
and I know you guys will go on to enjoy
more success in the coming seasons."
Evra completes Juve move
Steven Gerrard announced his re-
tirement from international football
yesterday to focus on playing for
The 34-year-old midfielder made
114 appearances for England over 14
Gerrard said he "agonised" over
his future after the World Cup in
Brazil, where England went out after
the first round.
He told the Football Association
that "this has been a very difficult
decision, one of the toughest I've
had to make in my career."
Gerrard's career with the Three
Lions began with a 2-0 win against
Ukraine in 2000.
He is third all-time in appearances
for England behind goalkeeper Peter
Shilton (125) and David Beckham
(115). Gerrard was captain for 38 in-
ternationals and scored 21 goals, in-
cluding three in his 12 World Cup
"I have enjoyed every minute of
representing my country and it is a
sad day for me knowing that I won't
pull on the England shirt again," Ger-
rard said. "To ensure I can keep play-
ing to a high level and giving
everything to Liverpool Football Club
I believe this is the right decision."
England manager Roy Hodgson
was "disappointed" with the deci-
sion, but said he understood it.
"I must respect his wishes due to
the discussions we have had and
the amount of thought and consid-
eration he himself has given it,"
Hodgson said. (AP)
Gerrard retires from international football
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