Brazil coach Dunga insisted that the team would find a way to cope at the Copa America without inspirational captain and FC Barcelona star Neymar after his red card controversy against Colombia. Tournament disciplinary chiefs are to announce Thursday the punishment for the FC Barcelona star who was sent off after appearing to aim a headbutt at Colombia goalscorer Jeison Murillo following a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday. The predicted two-match suspension would rule him out of Brazil’s final group game against Venezuela and any quarter-final clash. “We have played without Neymar before. We have to be ready,” Dunga said of the looming absence of the key player. The coach said he would wait to see what punishment is inflicted but told a press conference after Wednesday’s match that he was already thinking of possible solutions. “We are starting to think about how to play,” he said. “We played once without Neymar and now we will see the players we have.” […]

Brazil coach Dunga does not expect Colombia to alter their attacking style as the two teams prepare for a rematch of last year’s physical World Cup battle at the Copa America on Wednesday. Colombia, who suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Venezuela in their opening game, head into the Group C match in Santiago knowing they probably cannot afford to lose if they are to stay alive in the tournament. Defeat to Venezuela on Sunday led to questions about Colombia’s tactical approach, with coach Jose Pekerman unable to improvise a game plan capable of turning the match back in favour of “Los Cafeteros.” But Dunga believes Colombia’s tactics will remain the same regardless of Sunday’s setback. . “I don’t think it will change that much,” Dunga said Tuesday. “Colombia have been working hard for eight months and they won’t change because of one match. “Any team coming off a poor result has pressure because everyone watching believes that if a […]

BRAZIL vs COLOMBIA Estadio Monumental David Arellano, Santiago de Chile 17 June 2015 0100 UTC   The most anticipated group-stage match of the Copa Am rica takes place on Wednesday night at the Estadio Monumental David Arellano in Santiago as Jos P kermana s Colombia take on an in-form Brazil. A defeat for P kermana s side would leave them in a perilous position given their loss against Venezuela in the opening group game of the tournament, whilst Brazil will be looking to book their place in the quarter-finals by taking all three points. The Sele A?o have won 11 games on the trot under Dunga following their ignominious semi-final exit at the hands of Germany in last yeara s World Cup, most of which have been inspired by their talismanic captain Neymar. Colombia, for their part, were on a run of 7 wins before their shock 1-0 defeat to Venezuela in their tournament opener. P kerman will be aware […]

. Brazilian national team manager Carlos Dunga thoroughly praised Neymar and Dani Alves for their stellar performance last night at the Copa America 2015 against Peru. Brazil defeated Peru 2-1 courtesy Neymar’s goal and an assist. Brazil were shocked by Peru at the beginning of the game when they went down by a goal to nil in just the third minute. They recouped quickly though as Dani Alves’ cross from the right flank was headed home by Neymar. Neymar then provided an eye catching to Douglas Costa in the injury which resulted in a winner for the team. Dani Alves was initially kept out of the squad by Dunga. A late injury of FC Porto’s Danilo opened the doors for the Barcelona full-back. He had joined the side just two days before the tournament but still managed to perform superbly on the pitch last night. Regarding the two players, Dunga said: a Neymar was decisive, but so was Dani Alves […]

Less than a year after a shocking 7-1 defeat to Germany in the World Cup semi-finals, Brazil seem to be finding their feet once more. Playing at the Stade de France in Paris, a stadium where they had famously succumbed to a 3-0 defeat in the final of a World Cup back in 1998, Dungaa s side were in no mood to fall flat, coming from a goal down to register a superb 3-1 win. Dunga, who was the Brazila s coach back at the 2010 FIFA World Cup but was sacked before being reappointed in 2014, was beaming following the win. He hailed his teama s performance and applauded the good work put in by the players behind the scenes. “These good results are the fruits of work and determination you put into everyday life,” the 51-year-old said at his post-match press conference. “We must continue. Since the World Cup, I have tried to give confidence to the players […]