x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Qatar club Al Rayyan recruit Brazilian Dunga

1994 World Cup-winning captain will be officially unveiled as coach by Al Rayyan this week, a club source confirms.

DOHA // Dunga, the 1994 World Cup-winning captain with Brazil, is to coach Qatari side Al Rayyan, a club source confirmed last night.

The 47-year-old also coached the Brazil national team until their disappointing exit at the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals replaces compatriot Paulo Autuori, who has moved on to coach the Qatari under 23 side, who are involved in 2012 Olympics qualifiers.

"Yes Al Rayyan will be coached by Dunga," a club official said. "His name was recommended by Autuori."

Dunga will be officially unveiled as coach by the club this week, with the Qatar Stars League, the country's top competition, beginning on September 16.

Qatar, the hosts of the 2022 World Cup, has seen a spate of coaching changes recently.

Earlier this month the Brazilian Sebastiao Lazaroni was named the coach of the national side after Serbian Milovan Rajevac was sacked just five months into the job.

Rajevac — who guided Ghana to the World Cup quarter-finals last year — had taken over from Frenchman Bruno Metsu, who was fired in January after Qatar were knocked out of the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

Dunga is the latest former Brazilian international to coach in the Middle East after it was announced that Zico was to be the Iraq coach.