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Brazil's coach Dunga fired after disappointing Copa America performance

Brazil head coach Dunga sits on the bench before the team's Copa America Centenario Group B soccer match against Ecuador at the Rose Bowl, Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Pasadena , Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Brazil head coach Dunga sits on the bench before the team's Copa America Centenario Group B soccer match against Ecuador at the Rose Bowl, Saturday, June 4, 2016, in Pasadena , Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Brazil's football confederation fired national coach Dunga on Tuesday in the wake of the team's elimination from the Copa America in the United States.

The confederation announced Dunga's dismissal in a brief statement, adding that the search for a new coach has begun.

Gilmar Rinaldi, the team's general manager, was also fired

Brazil failed to get past the group stage after drawing 0-0 with Ecuador, beating Haiti 7-1 and losing 1-0 to Peru on Sunday.

According to local media, the favorite to replace the 53-year-old Dunga is Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as Tite.

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Tite is currently the coach of Brazilian league champion Corinthians.

Dunga was the captain of Brazil's 1994 World Cup-winning team, and previously coached the national team at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He was dismissed after Brazil lost 2-1 in the quarterfinals to the Netherlands.

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