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Dunga to step down after World Cup

Brazil coach Carlos Dunga has announced he will step down after the World Cup, even if he leads his country to victory in South Africa.

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Dunga, who was appointed as coach of the Selecao in 2006, watched as his team were pulled out in the Group of Death with Ivory Coast, Portugal and North Korea.

After the draw in Cape Town he said: "Group G is balanced, and that is good because being in a difficult group will put a brake on the atmosphere of euphoria and will force everyone to remain more alert, because matches will not be easy.

"The toughest match is going to be the first one (v North Korea) and then the second one (v Ivory Coast) and then the third one (v Portugal). That is the way we think. We know how good Portugal are. It will be interesting to see the rivalry between Kaka and (Cristiano) Ronaldo. Both are players in the same club, Real Madrid, and both are constantly competing for individual awards."

Earlier, Dunga confirmed that even if he leads Brazil out of Group G and all the way to the final he is definitely on his way back to club management.

"Nothing will change my mind. Not even winning the World Cup. My commitment to the Brazilian football federation ends after the 2010 World Cup," said Dunga on Blog do Cosme Rimoli.

"I know that the next World Cup will take place in Brazil, but there is nothing in the world that will make me change my mind. It is an honour to be in the most coveted position in world football. Leading the Brazilian national team is a real privilege.

"However, it is one of the most demanding positions there is for a person. The pressure is enormous and not just for you. Your family and beloved ones have to endure a lot as well. Four years in charge are more than enough for me.

"I have learned a lot and I am still learning. It's time to go on with my life after the World Cup. I will continue as a coach at club level. Being a coach is my new career and I do not want to change."

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