Five candidates to replace Dunga: press

Brazil's coach Dunga leaves the team's hotel on July 3, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. AFP

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 5, 2010 (AFP) - The Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) have drawn up a list of five candidates to replace the sacked Dunga as Brazil coach it was reported by local media.

Brazil's 2002 World Cup winning coach Luiz Felipe Scolari heads the list while the other hopefuls are Mano Menezes of Corinthians, Muricy Ramalho who coaches Fluminense, Ricardo Gomes of Sao Paulo and former AC Milan handler and 1994 World Cup winning player Leonardo.

Scolari remains the favourite to be installed for a second time because according to sources within the CBF cited in the press the federation's president Ricardo Teixeira wants an experienced coach "who can withstand the pressure that comes with a World Cup finals being hosted in Brazil (as they host the 2014 edition)".

Dunga, 46, who skippered Brazil to the 1994 World Cup, had been national team coach since 2006.

He had already said that he was intending to step down after four years following the five-time champions 2-1 defeat to Holland in the quarter-finals in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

However, on his arrival home on Sunday, Dunga did not rule out staying in the job.

"I am going to rest before meeting, in one or two weeks' time, the president of the CBF, Ricardo Teixeira to talk about it (extending his stay in charge)," Dunga told a news conference before the CBF quickly shattered his optimism.

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