Dunga vows to get back on right path
Published 25/06/2010 | 05:00
DUNGA apologised last night for publicly swearing after the match against the Ivory Coast and paid an emotional tribute to his father, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, for teaching him the importance of saying sorry.
The Brazil coach has had a strained relationship throughout this World Cup with his national media and verbally abused a journalist during a news conference.
"I want to apologise to the Brazilian fans for my attitude and my behaviour," said Dunga. "The people who have always supported Brazil have nothing to do with my personal problems and, as a Brazilian, I just want to work and do my best for the national team."
The Brazilian media are deeply unhappy at the perceived closed-door policy at training sessions and were clearly taken aback at the way Dunga bared his soul yesterday ahead of the game against Portugal.
"For me, this is just a chance to show my father everything he taught me," he said. "I learned that for a man to be a man, he has to have virtue, he has to have coherence, dignity, transparency, and you have to know when to apologise for a mistake, and put things back on the right path.
"My mother taught me never to leave things half done. She taught me that we have to love our country, we have to be patriotic, even though some people don't like that."
Tonight's match between Portugal and Brazil in Durban sold out more quickly than any of the other group games, with the fixture holding an obvious sporting and cultural appeal.
Brazil was a colony of Portugal for almost three centuries until its independence in 1822 and the links between the two nations will be apparent tonight. Three of the Carlos Quieroz's team were born and brought up in Brazil before controversially taking Portuguese citizenship after settling in Europe.
The first and most famous was Deco, the Chelsea midfielder, who moved to Portugal when he was 19. Liedson and Pepe have since followed, although none of those three are expected to start tonight, with Deco still troubled by a hip injury. (© Daily Telegraph, London)