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Branco criticises Dunga’s team selection

sports Updated: Jul 17, 2010 01:37 IST
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A long friendship notwithstanding, 1994 World Cup winner Branco could not stop himself from criticising former Brazil coach Dunga’s squad selection in the recently concluded soccer World Cup.

Brazil were ousted from the quarter-finals for the second time in a row when they were outclassed 1-2 by eventual finalists Holland. Their shock exit led to heavy criticism of Dunga’s decision to exclude Ronaldinho and Alexandre Pato.

“I would have definitely preferred Ronaldinho,” said Branco, who is here for a promotional event. “Others on my list were Adriano, Santos midfielder Paulo Ganso and Sao Paolo’s Hernanes,” said the 46-year-old former left-back.

“But then, that’s really my personal opinion,” Branco, who barely looked his former self because of the weight he has put on, said. Currently a mentor at the Brazil football confederation (CBF) for six years, Branco confessed having been behind Dunga’s selection as Brazil coach back in 2007.

“He (Dunga) is a very close friend and so when the CBF came to me, I was in favour of his selection,” Branco said.

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