25 Jul 2010

Menezes becomes Brazil coach

8:17 am on 25 July 2010

Mano Menezes, a specialist in leading big clubs out of the doldrums but little known outside his own country, has become the coach of the five-times world champions Brazil.

The 48-year-old, currently coach of Corinthians, confirmed he said yes to the Brazilian Football Confederation, which had been turned down by Muricy Ramalho when his club Fluminense refused to release him.

Menezes told a news conference at his club that he's very proud and happy as they must have 30, 40 or 50 excellent professionals in Brazil, so if he's second on the list, that's fine by him.

Menezes replaces Dunga, who quit after Brazil's shock quarter-final defeat to Netherlands at the World Cup three weeks ago. Both men hail from the south of Brazil, regarded as the more European part of the country.